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Legal news from Tuesday, December 14, 2010
by Ashley Hileman

Three former service members discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] filed a complaint against the Department of Defense (DOD) Monday, seeking reinstatement and the declaration that their discharges under the statute, and the statute itself, are unconstitutional. The suit was filed by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) filed a joint expert opinion Tuesday urging a Spanish court to open an investigation into six former Bush administration officials for their roles in the torture of detainees. The complaint against the officials, including John Yoo …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Alaskan Superior Court judge on Monday refused to block a law requiring parental notification for women under the age of 18 to have an abortion, allowing the law to take effect Tuesday. The law was approved by voters in August but was challenged by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. Judge …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) expert on Monday urged Myanmar's military government to release 2,202 political prisoners. Tomas Ojea Quintana, a UN Special Rapporteur, called for the release of the "prisoners of conscience," many of whom, according to Quintana, suffer from health problems as a result of the harsh detention …

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