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Legal news from Wednesday, December 15, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US House of Representatives voted 250-175 Wednesday to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive], which prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, a piece of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit Wednesday against units of British Petroleum (BP) and several other companies over the April Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which resulted in an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit, filed in …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Kosovar Prime Minister Hasham Thaci was named Tuesday in a draft report by Council of Europe member Dick Marty as the "boss" of an illegal criminal enterprise that trafficked human organs and drugs during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. The report alleges that Thaci was the …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Australia's new Afghan detainee transfer policy may violate international human rights laws, Amnesty International (AI) warned Tuesday. The new detainee management system, announced Tuesday by Australian Minister of Defence Stephen Smith, provides for the systematic transfer of "high risk" detainees to US forces and "low risk" detainees to Afghan forces. According …

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by Brian Jackson

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday issued summonses for six Kenyan citizens believed to be responsible for post-election violence in 2007 that resulted in more than 1,000 deaths in that country. The six individuals include current Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and several Ministry heads. All …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Tuesday that e-mail is entitled to Fourth Amendment protection. The 98-page opinion overturned the prison sentence of Steven Warshak, the founder of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals Inc., who was convicted on 93 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and fraud in 2008. The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLUGA) filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of a Muslim woman who was arrested for refusing to remove her headscarf, or hijab, in court. Lisa Valentine was arrested in December 2008 and ordered to serve 10 days in jail for contempt …

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