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Legal news from Friday, March 4, 2011

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Francois Fillon [official profile, in French; BBC profile] confirmed in the Official Journal [official website, in French] Thursday that the controversial law [materials, in French] banning the burqa [JURIST news archive] and other face coverings in public places takes force April 11. Violators wearing a face … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ontario Superior Court of Justice [official website] on Friday sentenced Shareef Abdelhaleem, a member of the Toronto 18 [Toronto Star backgrounder; JURIST news archive] terrorist group, to life in prison without parole. Justice Fletcher Dawson said that Abdelhaleem still posed a substantial risk to the public [Toronto Star … [read more]

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that the trial can accept the final brief of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive] and that his lawyers can make closing arguments. The SCSL postponed [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The South Dakota State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill [roll call] that would require women to wait 72 hours after consulting with a doctor to have an abortion. In addition to the waiting period, HB 1217 [legislative materials] would require that pregnant women receive consultation at a "pregnancy … [read more]

[JURIST] Austrian authorities announced Friday they have arrested former Bosnian general Jovan Divjak under a 2008 international warrant issued by Serbian officials that accuses Divjak of war crimes. Divjak was arrested Thursday night at Vienna International Airport while traveling from Sarajevo to Italy, and he appeared Friday morning before a … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida [official website] on Thursday granted [order, PDF] the Obama administration's petition to stay his previous order [JURIST report] declaring the health care reform law [HR 3590; JURIST news archive] unconstitutional [order, PDF], on the condition that … [read more]

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