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Legal news from Friday, September 10, 2010
by Zach Zagger

Two Guinea election officials were convicted Friday of election fraud and sentenced to a year in jail for irregularities with June's presidential primary election. The convictions of Ben Sekou Sylla, president of the election commission, and his top aide, El Hadj Boubacar Diallo, have raised further tensions before the presidential run-off election scheduled for September 19. The …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday invalidated a municipal ban on tattoo parlors by Hermosa Beach, California, calling it a violation of the First Amendment. The controversy initially arose when Johnny Anderson was denied a permit to open a tattoo parlor by the city, located in southern California. The city …

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by Matt Glenn

French judges may drop charges against two police officers who chased three teen boys into a power substation where two of the teens died after being electrocuted, according to Friday reports. The two officers were charged in 2007 with "non-assistance to a person in danger" under Article 223-6 of the French penal code for …

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by Megan McKee

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Thursday struck down the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] policy, which bans openly gay individuals from the armed services. The suit was initiated in 2004 by the Log …

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by Daniel Makosky

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Thursday that two ordinances passed by the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania making it more difficult for illegal immigrants to live or work in the town are unconstitutional. The court found that the Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRAO) …

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by Megan McKee

An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is justified in prohibiting sexually active gay males from donating blood. In 2002, Kyle Freeman falsely denied having had sex with other men and subsequently donated blood that tested positive for syphilis. CBS initiated a negligent misrepresentation suit against Freeman after spending $10,000 to …

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