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Legal news from Tuesday, May 4, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday on whether DC voters should be allowed to decide on same-sex marriage in the city. While appeals are normally decided by a three-judge panel, the full nine-member court convened for Tuesday's arguments. The appeal comes after a judge for the Superior Court of the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two US lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled draft legislation aimed at protecting Internet privacy. Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL) proposed the bill as a means to regulate how websites track information about visitors and then use that information to target advertising. The bill would require websites to inform visitors how …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad will face terrorism charges for his alleged role in an attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square. Shahzad was taken into custody Monday evening after an SUV containing explosives was found parked in Times Square Saturday afternoon. Holder …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Honduran truth and reconciliation commission on Tuesday began investigating the June 2009 coup that removed Manuel Zelaya from power. The commission is tasked with understanding what happened before, during, and after the coup and making recommendations for the future. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised the …

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by Daniel Richey

The England and Wales Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that state intelligence agencies cannot use secret evidence in their defense against abuse accusations by Binyam Mohamed and several other UK residents who were held at Guantanamo Bay. The judgment overturned a November ruling …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Indian prosecutors on Tuesday argued for the death penalty for Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone gunmen to survive the three-day siege of Mumbai in November 2008 that killed 166. Kasab was convicted of murder and waging war against India on Monday for his role in the terrorist attack, which …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Spain Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos announced Tuesday that the country has accepted its second Guantanamo Bay detainee. The man, a Yemeni citizen, arrived in Spain Tuesday and will be given residency and work permits. This is the second of five detainees that Spain has agreed to accept. …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that a Muslim woman's religious rights were not violated by police officers when she was forced to remove her religious headscarf while being detained in a holding cell. Souhair Khatib had argued that being forced to remove her hijab was a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Argentine military junta leader Jorge Rafael Videla was charged Monday with an additional 49 counts of murder, kidnapping, and torture for crimes allegedly committed during Argentina's "Dirty War". The charges are the latest in the ongoing investigation against Videla, who led Argentina as de facto president from from 1976 …

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