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Legal news from Thursday, November 18, 2010
by Megan McKee

Chief Justice Charles Canady of the Florida Supreme Court issued a memorandum Wednesday to the chief judges of Florida's 20 judicial circuits directing them to ensure that all foreclosure proceedings in the state are open to the public. The directive came in response to transparency concerns raised by the American Civil …

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by Megan McKee

Accused Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout pleaded not guilty in a US court on Wednesday and is currently being held without bail. Bout faces charges stemming from a 2008 indictment for selling weapons to a terrorist group and conspiring to kill US nationals. Bout was arrested in …

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by Aman Kakar

A member of the Georgia House of Representatives introduced legislation on Wednesday to ban enrollment of illegal immigrants in public post-secondary education institutions. The bill, introduced by Rep. Tom Rice (R), amends Title 50, Chapter 36 of the Georgia code to include post-secondary education among the public benefits that …

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by Sarah Posner

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay warned Wednesday that, despite the Bolivian government's reforms, most indigenous people and other vulnerable groups continue to suffer from extreme poverty and exclusion. Pillay commended progress by the Bolivian government in adopting reforms to end discrimination while voicing concerns over the lack of …

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by Hillary Stemple

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a state statute and portion of the New Jersey Constitution authorizing the recall of US senators is unconstitutional. The ruling was issued in a case involving efforts to recall Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The recall proceedings were triggered last September after a recall committee …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Michigan government officials, claiming that the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. The nine plaintiffs are adults who were sentenced to life without parole when they were minors. The rights group …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a claim by the Christian Legal Society (CLS) in which the student group argued that the University of California-Hastings School of Law selectively applies its nondiscrimination policy to CLS. The court dismissed CLS's claim on the grounds that CLS …

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by Drew Singer

A British intelligence officer accused of torturing a Guantanamo Bay detainee will not be charged due to a lack of evidence, the country's public prosecutor announced on Wednesday. The MI5 officer was allegedly complicit in the abuse of Binyam Mohamed, causing him to falsely admit to terrorism charges. The …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Government officials in Madagascar spoke Thursday with military officers who attempted a coup on Wednesday during the country's constitutional referendum. General Noel Rakotonandrasana allegedly led a group of about 20 soldiers into the capital city and tried to take control of government institutions and seize power from President Andry Rajoelina [official profile, in French; …

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by Drew Singer

France's Court of Cassation, the country's highest court of appeals, on Tuesday ordered the nation's Constitutional Council to rule on whether the country's ban on same-sex marriage conflicts with the constitution. The order comes after a gay French couple challenged the ban in a Reims court, saying it limited their …

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by Jay Carmella

The first civilian trial of an ex-Guantanamo detainee ended on Wednesday with the jury convicting Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani on only one of 285 counts of conspiracy, murder and attempted murder for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. The jury …

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