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Legal news from Sunday, January 9, 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

A coalition of six rights groups filed a petition in the US District Court of Arizona on Friday seeking to block to additional elements of the Arizona's recently passed immigration reform bill SB 1070. The petition, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), MALDEF , …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision on Friday ruling against banks in two foreclosure cases that could have important implications on similar cases both inside and outside of the state. In the consolidated decision Justice Ralph Gants ruled that neither US Bank National Association nor Wells Fargo, which were not the …

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by Ann Riley

President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill barring the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the US for trial. The Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 authorizes funding for defense interests abroad, military construction and national security-related energy programs. However, sections 1032 and 1033 impose significant setbacks to the Obama administration's …

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by Ann Riley

Chief Judge John M. Roll of the US District Court for the District of Arizona was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire at a public constituent event held outside of a shopping center in Tucson on Saturday. The gunman additionally killed 5 others, including a 9-year-old girl, and wounded 20. Before serving in …

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