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Legal news from Thursday, August 5, 2010
by Daniel Richey

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for the elimination of all nuclear weapons Thursday in a speech delivered during a visit to the Japanese city of Nagasaki. In his speech, Ban emphasized the importance of eliminating existing nuclear weapons and using political pressure to create stronger nonproliferation treaties:In the General Assembly and at the review …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Senate on Thursday voted 63-37 to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. The vote fell largely along party lines, with only one Democrat voting against her confirmation, and five Republicans voting in favor. Shortly before the vote, Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) announced that he …

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by Daniel Richey

Federal authorities arrested a Chicago man Tuesday night on suspicion that he planned to travel to Somalia and train with terrorist groups there in order to become a suicide bomber. Acording to a complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Shaker Masri, an American citizen born …

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by Dwyer Arce

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of former Iraqi detainees against US military contractors. The lawsuit, Al-Quraishi v. Nakhla, filed in June 2008, alleges that L-3 Services, Inc. violated US and …

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by Drew Singer

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for Iraq's political leaders to work together "with a higher sense of urgency" to form a new government, warning that further delays could create more instability. Since holding elections five months ago, there have been disagreements within the country as to who has the authority to …

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by Dwyer Arce

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Wednesday announced that they would pursue a legal challenge to the Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) licensing scheme, despite being issued a license to represent Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki is a US citizen who is suspected of being a member …

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by Daniel Richey

Opponents of a new Kenya constitution on Thursday peacefully conceded to those in favor of the change, after early results from a national referendum strongly favored the constitution. Voting on the constitution took place Wednesday amid concerns [Standard op-ed] that high turnout and heated debate over the referendum could cause a repeat of the violence …

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by Dwyer Arce

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), seeking to overturn its decision to allow the Cordoba House project to proceed. The Cordoba House, a planned Islamic cultural center and mosque to be located two …

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by Dwyer Arce

Egyptian dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim on Wednesday returned to Egypt after three years of exile, despite nine outstanding criminal complaints against him. Ibrahim, founder of the Ibn Khaldoun Centre for Development Studies, has been a prominent human rights activist and outspoken critic of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Ibrahim returned for the two-week visit …

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by Drew Singer

Vague language and inconsistent interpretations of policy have hindered the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ability to effectively evaluate and approve medical devices, according to a new FDA report released Wednesday. A committee from the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), which regulates medical devices sold in the US, conducted the report to …

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by Erin Bock

Oil company British Petroleum (BP) was sued Tuesday in a $10 billion class action lawsuit over a toxic chemical leak that lasted for 40 days at its refinery in Texas City, TX. The complaint was filed by Texas attorney Anthony Buzbee in the United States District Court in the Southern District of Texas …

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by Dwyer Arce

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday ruled that California's ban on same-sex marriage violates the US Constitution. Judge Vaughn Walker held that the ban, known as Proposition 8, violated both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection …

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