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Legal news from Wednesday, November 3, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn on the constitutionality of an Arizona tax credit for donations to organizations that provide scholarships at private schools, which allows scholarships funded by religious organizations to be …

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by Ashley Hileman

A French court on Wednesday ordered Callixte Mbarushimana, the alleged leader of the rebel group the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), to face trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Mbarushimana will be tried on allegations that he committed 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against …

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by Julia Zebley

Washington state voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to institute an income tax, with over 65 percent of the electorate voting against the initiative. Initiative 1098 endeavored to establish a tax on those with incomes above $200,000, and those filing jointly with incomes over $400,000. In return for this, the initiative would have reduced …

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by John Paul Putney

Nevada voters rejected a ballot measure Tuesday to amend the state constitution to repeal and amend provisions relating to the government's use of eminent domain to acquire private property. The amendment sought to define five exceptions to a general prohibition against exercising eminent domain to transfer property from one private party to another. In …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Voters in Niger have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new constitution, according to results published Tuesday. Military leaders of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), who have held power after staging a coup in February to oust then-president Mamadou Tandja, assert that the new constitution is pivotal in returning the country back …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Colorado voters struck down a ballot initiative Tuesday that would have amended the state's constitution to extend rights to fetuses and would have effectively outlawed abortion. Proposed Amendment 62, commonly known as the "Personhood Amendment," would have changed the definition of "person" to include "every human …

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by Sarah Miley

The County Court of Zagreb on Wednesday sentenced six men for the murder of top Croatian journalist, Ivo Pukanic, who was killed in a car bombing in 2008. The court held that the actions committed by the convicted men constituted organized crime, which targeted Pukanic for his extensive reporting on the topic in Croatia. Pukanic …

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by Sarah Posner

The citizens of Kansas voted Tuesday to enact Senate Resolution 1611, clarifying the right to bear arms. Kansas Amendment 1: Right to Bear Arms, which passed 89 percent to 11 percent, will amend section 4 of the Kansas Constitution, which previously read: "The people have the right to bear arms for their defense …

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by Brian Jackson

Voters in California, Arizona, South Dakota and Oregon on Tuesday rejected a range of marijuana-based propositions, including legalization in California and medical marijuana initiatives in South Dakota and Arizona. In California, Proposition 19, which was defeated by a 54-46 margin, would have legalized the sale and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and …

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by Ann Riley

A Turkish Magistrate Court in Ankara reinstated the nearly-three year ban on YouTube on Tuesday, just days after it was lifted. The court ordered access to YouTube blocked after video of former opposition leader Deniz Baykal in a bedroom with a female aide surfaced on the site. Baykal resigned [BBC …

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by Aman Kakar

Arizona voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 107, amending the state constitution to ban affirmative action programs in state government agencies. The measure was passed by the state House of Representatives and placed on the ballot after the Senate also approved the measure in June 2009. The language on the ballot …

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by Ann Riley

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) announced Wednesday that Google UK has committed a "significant breach" of the Data Protection Act through its data collection practices for its Street View maps. During the investigation, authorities found that when Google Street View cars gathered data over WiFi networks …

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by Dwyer Arce

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved State Question 755, an amendment to the state constitution that bans the use of Islamic or international law in state court decisions. The amendment, also known as the Save Our State amendment, was approved by voters 70 percent to 30 percent. The amendment was overwhelmingly approved by the state …

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by Dwyer Arce

The voters of Arizona, Oklahoma and Colorado on Tuesday voted on state constitutional amendments seeking to make the individual mandate provision of the recent health care reform law unenforceable in their states. In Arizona, Proposition 106 passed 55.4 percent to 44.6 percent. The amendment purports to "preserve the freedom of …

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by Daniel Richey

The government of Kosovo dissolved its parliament Tuesday after the coalition led by the Democratic League of Kosovo (DLK) fell to a vote of no confidence brought by the opposition. The DLK's parliamentary majority was lost in September when its leader, then-president Fatmir Sejdiu, resigned after the Constitutional Court ruled [press …

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