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Legal news from Sunday, January 2, 2011
by Erin Bock

The Obama administration has filed a motion with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to delay the briefing schedule in US v. Log Cabin Republicans, a case regarding the constitutionality of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive]. The government asked Wednesday for …

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by Erin Bock

Iranian chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi delivered a speech at Tehran University on Friday indicating that he would prosecute opposition leaders for political unrest that took place after the country's 2009 presidential election. Dolatabadi threatened to prosecute former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi and former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami. Mousavi …

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by Daniel Richey

The Yemeni Parliament on Saturday agreed in principle to adopt a constitutional amendment that will abolish presidential term limits. Currently, the Yemeni constitution permits the president to sit for a maximum of two consecutive seven-year terms, but the draft amendment would shorten the term length to five years and eliminate the two-term cap. …

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by Daniel Richey

Lawyers for jailed former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner, Platon Lebedev, filed an appeal Friday challenging their six-year extended sentences for embezzlement and fraud. Unless the appeal succeeds, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev are expected to remain imprisoned through 2017 after being convicted and sentenced last week in …

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