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Legal news from Thursday, December 2, 2010
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Stephen Reinhardt [FJC profile] of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday denied a motion [texts, PDF] to recuse himself from the three-judge panel that will hear arguments on Proposition 8 [text, PDF], California's same-sex marriage ban. Proposition 8 supporters had sought [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Ohio Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] 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 [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday issued an order [text, in French, PDF; press release] requesting that the Central African Republic take steps to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] and transfer him to the court if he should enter the country [read more]

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[JURIST] Staff Sergeant Robert Stevens pleaded guilty on Wednesday to shooting two unarmed Afghan farmers at a trial held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord [official website]. Stevens pleaded guilty [Reuters report] to aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, wrongfully tossing a grenade out of his vehicle, making false statements to military [read more]

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[JURIST] The Ontario Court of Appeal [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that several prostitution-related laws struck down by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (OSCJ) [official website] would remain in effect until April 29, pending an appeal. Justice Marc Rosenberg issued an extension of the stay requested by [read more]

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[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday proposed new rules [text, PDF] 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 [read more]

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[JURIST] The UK Parliament [official website] 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 [materials, text] would amend the current procedures under which victims of an alleged [read more]

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