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Legal news from Friday, September 24, 2010
13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Kenyan court on Thursday convicted seven Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] and sentenced them to five years in prison. The group was tried and convicted [BBC report] in the coastal town of Mombasa where they had been held since their capture by a Spanish warship in May 2009 [read more]

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[JURIST]The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed an objection [text] Thursday in the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] asking the court not to issue a proposed injunction [text, PDF] prohibiting the military from enforcing its "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC [read more]

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[JURIST] The Washington Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion text] Thursday that a state ban on online gambling [text] is constitutional. Washington resident Lee Rousso gambled online in the past and wanted to continue doing so, arguing that a new statewide ban on online gambling violates the Dormant Commerce Clause, [read more]

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[JURIST] Attorneys for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday filed an appellate brief [text, PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, arguing that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it enjoined four provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the government of Myanmar to release all political prisoners ahead of the nation's November elections—the first to be held in 20 years. Myanmar currently holds 2,200 political prisoners, the majority of whom were arrested for peaceful activism. AI's statement [read more]

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