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Legal news from Thursday, August 12, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Thursday refused to issue a stay pending appeal [order, PDF] on last week's decision overturning Proposition 8, the California ban on same-sex marriage [JURIST news archives]. Last week, Judge Vaughn Walker held that [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) [official website] sent an open letter to South African President Jacob Zuma [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday expressing concerns over plans by the African National Congress (ANC) [party website] to create a special court to punish press outlets that publish sensitive [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) [official website] on Wednesday filed a legal challenge [complaint, PDF] to the Obama administration's new offshore drilling moratorium [JURIST news archive], claiming it violates federal law. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website], argues [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Wednesday unanimously dismissed a lawsuit [opinion text] challenging the exclusion of materials questioning the Armenian genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] from a school curriculum. The lawsuit [case materials] was filed in 2005 by [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish Foreign Ministry [official website] announced Wednesday that it will conduct an investigation [press release, in Turkish] into the May flotilla incident [JURIST news archive], in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The investigatory commission will operate under the [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US military jury on Wednesday recommended a 14-year sentence for Sudanese Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. Al Qosi agreed to a plea deal Tuesday after pleading guilty [JURIST reports] to charges of conspiracy and providing material support [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) [official website] on Wednesday proposed tougher laws against illegal immigrants. McCollum unveiled a draft [text, PDF] of the new legislation, which goes "one step further" than a controversial Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] by giving more leeway to judges [read more]

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