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Legal news from Friday, September 24, 2010
by Zach Zagger

A Kenyan court on Thursday convicted seven Somali pirates and sentenced them to five years in prison. The group was tried and convicted in the coastal town of Mombasa where they had been held since their capture by a Spanish warship in May 2009 after attempting to attack the Maltese-flagged merchant ship Anny Petrakis. …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an objection Thursday in the US District Court for the Central District of California asking the court not to issue a proposed injunction prohibiting the military from enforcing its "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] policy. The court declared the …

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by Drew Singer

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a state ban on online gambling 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, an implication in the US Constitution's Commerce Clause that …

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by Brian Jackson

Attorneys for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday filed an appellate brief 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. In the brief, the US argued that, because …

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by Megan McKee

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged 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 marks the third anniversary of the violent government crackdown on …

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