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Legal news from Thursday, November 18, 2010
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice Charles Canady [official profile] of the Florida Supreme Court [official website] issued a memorandum [text, PDF] 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 [read more]

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[JURIST] Accused Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty in a US court on Wednesday and is currently being held without bail. Bout faces charges [AFP report] stemming from a 2008 indictment [text, PDF] for selling weapons to a terrorist group and conspiring to [read more]

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[JURIST] A member of the Georgia House of Representatives [official website] introduced legislation on Wednesday to ban enrollment of illegal immigrants [HB 25 text; materials] in public post-secondary education institutions. The bill, introduced by Rep. Tom Rice (R) [official website], amends Title 50, Chapter 36 [text, PDF] of the Georgia [read more]

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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay [official profile] warned Wednesday that, despite the Bolivian government's reforms, most indigenous people and other vulnerable groups continue to suffer from extreme poverty and exclusion [press release]. Pillay commended progress [UN News Centre report] by the Bolivian government in adopting reforms [read more]

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[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a state statute and portion of the New Jersey Constitution [text] authorizing the recall of US senators is unconstitutional. The ruling was issued in a case involving efforts to recall Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) [official website]. The [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] against Michigan government officials, claiming that the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. The nine plaintiffs are adults who were sentenced to [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed a claim [opinion, PDF] by the Christian Legal Society (CLS) [advocacy website] in which the student group argued that the University of California-Hastings School of Law [academic website] selectively applies its nondiscrimination policy to CLS. [read more]

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[JURIST] A British intelligence officer accused of torturing a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee will not be charged due to a lack of evidence, the country's public prosecutor announced on Wednesday. The MI5 [official website] officer was allegedly complicit in the abuse of Binyam Mohamed [BBC profile; JURIST news [read more]

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[JURIST] Government officials in Madagascar [JURIST news archive] 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 [NYT report] of government institutions and [read more]

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[JURIST] France's Court of Cassation, the country's highest court of appeals, on Tuesday ordered the nation's Constitutional Council [official websites, in French] to rule on whether the country's ban [French Civil Code text] on same-sex marriage conflicts with the constitution [text]. The order comes after a gay French couple challenged [read more]

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[JURIST] The first civilian trial of an ex-Guantanamo detainee ended on Wednesday with the jury convicting [FBI press release] Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] on only one of 285 counts of conspiracy, murder and attempted murder for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of US embassies [PBS [read more]

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