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Legal news from Wednesday, January 5, 2011
by Julia Zebley

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled unanimously Tuesday that California's Mount Soledad cross, a 43-foot cross erected as a Korean War veterans' memorial, is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Justice M. Margaret McKeown declared, "he use of such a distinctively Christian symbol to honor all veterans …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US Court of Federal Claims has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the US Department of Interior (DOI) from accepting a bid from Microsoft to overhaul its e-mail system, according to a ruling made public Tuesday. Google had filed a lawsuit in November …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court of California to weigh in on whether supporters of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, have standing to defend the measure when state officials have refused to do so. Judge Vaughn Walker of …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced Tuesday that the Archodiocese of Milwaukee will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a result of financial strain from lawsuits over the clergy sex abuse scandals. The archdiocese's purpose in filing the petition is to achieve the dual goals of compensating remaining victims and survivors of the …

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by Julia Zebley

Spanish National Court judge Fernando Andreu on Tuesday issued a writ to pursue an investigation against Iraqi Lieutenant General Abdol Hossein Al Shemmari for allegedly ordering a July 2009 strike against Iranian exiles at Camp Ashraf in which 11 unarmed civilians were killed, 36 were detained and approximately 500 were injured. Most of the citizens of …

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