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Legal news from Thursday, December 2, 2010
by Drew Singer

Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday denied a motion to recuse himself from the three-judge panel that will hear arguments on Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. Proposition 8 supporters had sought Reinhardt's disqualification because of his wife's role as executive director …

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by Sarah Posner

The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the lethal injection method of execution. In a split 5-2 decision, the court held that there is no basis under Ohio law for litigating the issue of whether the lethal injection process is constitutional. The question was referred to the high court by the US …

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by Erin Bock

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday issued an order requesting that the Central African Republic take steps to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and transfer him to the court if he should enter the country for its independence celebrations. As a party to the ICC's …

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by Aman Kakar

Staff Sergeant Robert Stevens pleaded guilty on Wednesday to shooting two unarmed Afghan farmers at a trial held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Stevens pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, wrongfully tossing a grenade out of his vehicle, making false statements to military investigators and dereliction of duty. He did not plead guilty …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Ontario Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled that several prostitution-related laws struck down by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (OSCJ) would remain in effect until April 29, pending an appeal. Justice Marc Rosenberg issued an extension of the stay requested by lawyers for the federal and Ontario governments to preserve the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday proposed new rules for promoting openness on the Internet. The proposed regulations, if adopted by Congress, would be the first open Internet rules in the nation. The proposal would require transparency of Internet broadband networks to help consumers make better decisions about services, preserve open …

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by Jay Carmella

The UK Parliament published legislation on Wednesday that would provide visiting foreign officials with more protection from being arrested on war crimes charges while visiting the UK. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill would amend the current procedures under which victims of an alleged war crime can receive an arrest warrant under the UK …

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