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Legal news from Thursday, August 19, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka said Thursday that he will appeal his recent conviction on charges of engaging in politics while on active duty, but that he has no faith in the government, which he called a dictatorship. Fonseka, who remains in custody, stated that he has no faith in …

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by Hillary Stemple

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Wednesday that he has agreed to a permanent injunction of a Nebraska abortion law because he believes there is little chance that the law will withstand a court challenge. The law, known as the Women's Health Protection Act, would have required physicians to evaluate patients to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Prisoner rights advocates on Tuesday urged US Attorney General Eric Holder to act quickly to implement proposed guidelines to eliminate prison rape. Speaking at a meeting at the National Press Club, Prison Fellowship vice president Pat Nolan said that implementing proposals submitted last year by …

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by Hillary Stemple

The UK Charity Commission ruled Thursday that the Catholic social services agency Catholic Care may not restrict its adoption services to married heterosexual couples. The commission's decision came after the UK High Court issued a judgment in March instructing the commission to reconsider a previous ruling on the adoption …

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by Hillary Stemple

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against a number of federal agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), State Department (DOS), FBI and CIA, seeking information related to the detention of US citizen Naji Hamdan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2008. The suit was filed after …

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by Hillary Stemple

A judge for the District Court of Western Australia ruled Thursday that a Muslim woman providing testimony before the court will not be allowed to cover her face and body with a niqab. Judge Shauna Deane stated that it would be inappropriate for the woman to be completely veiled because it could …

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by Ann Riley

A spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said Wednesday that the court has ordered an independent investigation into allegations that members of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) intimidated and pressured witnesses in the trial of Vojislav Seselj, a Serbian politician …

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by Ann Riley

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that crosses placed beside Utah highways as memorials to deceased Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) troopers is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. In 1998, the Utah Highway Patrol Association (UHPA) [non-profit website] erected 14 12-foot-high cross memorials displaying the fallen troopers' …

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