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Legal news from Friday, March 11, 2011

[JURIST] US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) [official website], along with five cosponsors, introduced legislation Thursday that would prohibit funding for civilian trials of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees and place restrictions on the transfer of detainees to foreign countries. The Military Detainee Procedures Improvement Act of 2011 [S 551 … [read more]

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) [official website] on Friday signed legislation [text, PDF] limiting the collective bargaining rights of state employees, ending a three-week stalemate over the issue. The bill requires state employees to contribute a percentage of their salaries to their pension and health care premiums, and eliminates … [read more]

[JURIST] The war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] concluded Friday leaving judges in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] to deliberate on the verdict. The prosecution gave its closing arguments [BBC report] where it said Taylor was an intelligent … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [letter, PDF; press release] the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to take action against the government of Puerto Rico [BBC backgrounder] for alleged civil rights violations. In a letter addressed to Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. … [read more]

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