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Legal news from Wednesday, March 16, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted and released US consulate worker Raymond Davis, who was being held in connection with the shooting deaths of two men. Earlier in the day, the court formally indicted Davis on two counts of murder after the Lahore High Court ruled Monday that, despite US assertions, …

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by Dan Taglioli

Utah Governor Gary Herbert on Tuesday signed into law a package of bills aimed at both reforming the state's immigration laws and challenging the federal government to take action for reform nationally. One of the four bills, H.B. 497, is an enforcement law similar to the controversial Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST …

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by Sarah Posner

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday released a report documenting discrimination and human rights violations against Roma migrants in Slovenia and urging the Slovenian government to protect Roma communities. The report reveals that Roma communities are being denied access to housing, water and sanitation. Much of the Roma population is living …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for unfairly disciplining Sikh inmate Sukhjinder Basra for refusing to trim his beard. The suit also names the state of California and Governor Jerry Brown in alleging a violation of the federal Religious Land …

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by Matt Glenn

A panel of judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stayed a ruling Tuesday that would have forced the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) to approve or deny five applications for offshore drilling permits by March 19. The stay bars enforcement, pending appeal, of a …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated a lawsuit on Tuesday, allowing a Muslim woman to sue several government parties for forcing her to remove her religious headscarf while detained in a holding cell. Souhair Khatib argued that being forced to remove her hijab was a violation of her …

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