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Legal news from Monday, March 7, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama on Monday issued an executive order allowing military commissions for Guantanamo Bay detainees to resume. New charges in the military commission system have been suspended since shortly after Obama took office in 2009. Monday's order also establishes a procedure for establishing a review process for detainees who …

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by Erin Bock

The Supreme Court of India on Monday rejected a petition for mercy killing, but ruled that passive euthanasia was permissible under certain circumstances. The case centered around Aruna Shanbaug, a former nurse who was raped and strangled at work 37 years ago and has been in Mumbai's King Edward Memorial Hospital in a blind and …

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by Ashley Hileman

A Zimbabwe magistrate court on Monday ordered six of the 45 activists arrested in Harare last month detained on charges of treason, releasing the remaining 39. The six activists not released today will remain detained and face trial on the treason charges against them. If found guilty, they could be executed, pursuant to Zimbabwean law. The charges …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in Wall v. Kholi that a defendant's plea for leniency tolls the statute of limitations for filing a federal petition for habeas corpus under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). The US Court of Appeals …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law that requires voters to present one of six government-issued photo identifications in order to vote. The Democratic Party of Georgia brought the suit against Governor Sonny Perdue, Secretary of State Karen Handel and the State Election board seeking permanent injunctive relief against enforcement …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 8-1 in Milner v. Department of the Navy that the government may not withhold certain information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The issue was whether 5 USC § 552(b)(2) (Exemption 2), which allows a government agency to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in Skinner v. Switzer that a convicted prisoner seeking access to biological evidence for DNA testing may assert a civil rights claim under Section 1983. Texas death row inmate Henry Skinner filed a § 1983 claim seeking access …

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by Erin Bock

A French court on Monday began the trial of former president Jacques Chirac but immediately suspended proceedings. The trial was suspended in light of claims made by co-defendant Remy Chardon, Chirac's former chief of staff, that a decision by the prosecution to dismiss the statute of limitations in the case against Chardon …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Golan v. Holder [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine the copyright status of foreign works that used to be in the public domain. Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act of 1994 (URAA) restored copyright protection to thousands of foreign …

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