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Legal news from Thursday, October 7, 2010
by Megan McKee

The French Constitutional Council ruled Thursday that a bill making it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa, niqab or other full face veils in public, conforms with the Constitution. Under the legislation, women who wear the veil can be required by …

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by Andrea Bottorff

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced Wednesday that the US government has deported a record number of illegal immigrants during 2010. About half of the more than 390,000 illegal immigrants deported allegedly have criminal records. …

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by Drew Singer

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a South Carolina detention center rule that bans all books, including magazines and newspapers, from being sent to prisoners. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Prison Legal News against the Berkeley County Detention Center in Moncks Corner …

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by Jay Carmella

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the US military alleging that he was subjected to torture. Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Ginco, a Syrian national who prefers the surname Janko, filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the same court that ordered his …

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by Erin Bock

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) and other participating countries on Wednesday released a draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international pact to defend intellectual property rights from counterfeit and piracy. The draft was released after three years and 10 rounds of negotiations among the ACTA parties, …

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by Dwyer Arce

Hungarian police on Wednesday initiated a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Ajka chemical spill to determine whether to bring charges against the plant owners for criminal negligence. The spill occurred Monday, releasing more than 20 million cubic feet of chemical waste, causing four deaths and 120 injuries, in addition to extensive ecological damage. …

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