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Legal news from Saturday, March 12, 2011

[JURIST] US Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) [official websites] on Thursday introduced legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in federally funded public elementary and high schools from bullying. The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) [materials] was reintroduced in both the US House of … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to end torture, investigate all cases of abuse [press release] against peaceful demonstrators and stop prosecuting civilians before military tribunals. HRW went on to describe witness accounts of Egyptian soldiers and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maryland House of Delegates [official website] on Friday failed to approve a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. The Maryland Senate [official website] voted 25-21 to approve [JURIST report] the Civil Marriage Protection Act [materials] last month and sent it to the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Friday granted [order, PDF] the Obama administration's motion for expedited review [text, PDF] over a Florida judge's ruling that the health care reform law [HR 3590 materials; JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional. The appeals court has yet … [read more]

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