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Legal news from Friday, March 4, 2011
by John Paul Putney

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon confirmed in the Official Journal Thursday that the controversial law banning the burqa and other face coverings in public places takes force April 11. Violators wearing a face covering may be fined up to 150 euros and/or required …

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by Drew Singer

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Friday sentenced Shareef Abdelhaleem, a member of the Toronto 18 terrorist group, to life in prison without parole. Justice Fletcher Dawson said that Abdelhaleem still posed a substantial risk to the public and has not shown remorse for his part in …

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by LaToya Sawyer

The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) ruled Thursday that the trial can accept the final brief of former Liberian president Charles Taylor and that his lawyers can make closing arguments. The SCSL postponed closing arguments last month in order to let the defense …

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by Brian Jackson

The South Dakota State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill 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 would require that pregnant women receive consultation at a "pregnancy help center" and that the women's doctors verify that this …

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by Andrea Bottorff

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 local judge who placed him in extradition custody [Tanjug report, …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Thursday granted the Obama administration's petition to stay his previous order declaring the health care reform law unconstitutional, on the condition that an appeal is filed within the next week. In January, …

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