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Legal news from Sunday, September 26, 2010
by Erin Bock

A federal judge ruled Friday that the state of California can move forward with plans to execute a convicted rapist and murderer later this week. Albert Brown was convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl in 1982 and is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday. Brown petitioned to join a lawsuit filed by death …

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by Dwyer Arce

Thirteen state attorneys general have joined in an amicus curiae brief urging the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn a federal court decision striking down California's ban on same-sex marriage. The brief argues that the district court exceeded its authority because a federal court cannot "reorder this foundational …

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by Dwyer Arce

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday stayed a Louisiana appeals court ruling awarding $241.5 million to the plaintiffs in a class action suit against several tobacco companies. The ruling, issued by Scalia in his role as Circuit Justice [28 USC § 2101(f)] for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, prevents …

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