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Legal news from Thursday, August 12, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday refused to issue a stay pending appeal on last week's decision overturning Proposition 8, the California ban on same-sex marriage. Last week, Judge Vaughn Walker held that the ban violated the guarantees of due process and equal …

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by Daniel Richey

The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) sent an open letter to South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday expressing concerns over plans by the African National Congress (ANC) to create a special court to punish press outlets that publish sensitive state information. If passed, the Protection of Information Bill [text, …

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by Drew Singer

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to the Obama administration's new offshore drilling moratorium, claiming it violates federal law. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, argues that the moratorium was created in violation of the Outer …

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by Dwyer Arce

A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Wednesday unanimously dismissed a lawsuit challenging the exclusion of materials questioning the Armenian genocide from a school curriculum. The lawsuit was filed in 2005 by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) after …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that it will conduct an investigation into the May flotilla incident, in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip. The investigatory commission will operate under the office of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website, in …

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by Dwyer Arce

A US military jury on Wednesday recommended a 14-year sentence for Sudanese Guantanamo Bay detainee Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi. Al Qosi agreed to a plea deal Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism in July. The details of the plea agreement …

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by Erin Bock

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) on Wednesday proposed tougher laws against illegal immigrants. McCollum unveiled a draft of the new legislation, which goes "one step further" than a controversial Arizona immigration law by giving more leeway to judges and law enforcement officers in the prosecution of those suspected …

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