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Legal news from Friday, March 11, 2011
by Aman Kakar

US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), along with five cosponsors, introduced legislation Thursday that would prohibit funding for civilian trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees and place restrictions on the transfer of detainees to foreign countries. The Military Detainee Procedures Improvement Act of 2011 would require "greater scrutiny on the security situation and …

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by Aman Kakar

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) on Friday signed legislation 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 the ability of public employee union members to collectively negotiate …

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by Zach Zagger

The war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor concluded Friday leaving judges in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) to deliberate on the verdict. The prosecution gave its closing arguments where it said Taylor was an intelligent many who had fooled many people and relied on fooling …

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by Zach Zagger

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday urged the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to take action against the government of Puerto Rico for alleged civil rights violations. In a letter addressed to Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez, the ACLU asked the DOJ to conclude its investigation …

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