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Legal news from Wednesday, February 9, 2011
by Hillary Stemple

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli on Tuesday filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the US Supreme Court asking the court to rule on the constitutionality of the health care reform law on an expedited basis, before the US Court of Appeals …

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by Daniel Makosky

A judge in the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois on Tuesday ruled that the state did not unconstitutionally advocate religion by financially contributing to the restoration of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace. The court rejected an argument that the $20,000 grant constituted a legislative earmark, thereby violating the …

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by Sarah Posner

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman stated Tuesday that President Hosni Mubarak approved the formation of a committee to oversee changes to Egypt's constitution. Suleiman announced Egypt's timetable for a peaceful transition of power and discussions that have taken place with opposition party representatives. The various participants involved in discussions with Suleiman [WP …

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by Aman Kakar

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Tuesday that Arab governments are using violence to crack down on protests inspired by the unrest in Egypt. According to the report, public gatherings in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Yemen have encountered force from security officials. In Ramallah, Palestine peaceful demonstrators were punched …

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by Matt Glenn

UK Supreme Court President Nicholas Phillips warned in a speech Tuesday that the Supreme Court's reliance on the Ministry of Justice for funding threatens the court's independence. Phillips explained that unexpectedly low contributions from civil courts coupled with the economic crisis had forced the Supreme Court to turn to …

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by Julia Zebley

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday defeated a bill to renew three provisions of the USA Patriot Act. The vote was 277 to 148, falling short of the two-thirds majority required for the "suspension of the rules" procedure. The provisions in question, set to expire on February …

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