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Legal news from Wednesday, March 30, 2011
by Brian Jackson

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the consolidated cases of Isiogu v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. and Talk America Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. on whether, pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a state utility commission may require …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Wednesday unveiled an interim constitution that allows the council to retain control over the country until an elected government is installed. The document vests the military council with presidential powers [Al-Ahram report], including the abilities to introduce legislation, veto existing laws and act as Egypt's representative to the …

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by Ashley Hileman

A panel of judges for the Amsterdam District Court on Wednesday ordered that the trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders, on charges of making anti-Islamic statements, go ahead over his objections that the court was the improper venue for his case. Last month, the court granted Wilders the right …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court's decision granting release to Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman. Uthman's 2004 habeas corpus petition challenging his basis for detention was granted when the US District Court for the District of Columbia determined …

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by Sarah Posner

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a bill outlawing abortions performed based on the sex or race of the fetus. Representative Steve Montenegro sponsored HB 2442 and HB 2443, which separately outlaw abortions based on the child's sex or race. Under the new abortion law, a physician or health …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court issued an order Tuesday prohibiting implementation of the state's new Budget Repair Bill. The order emphasizes that a temporary restraining order issued March 18 prohibits not only publication of the bill, but implementation of its provisions as well. Judge Maryann …

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by Julia Zebley

Somaliland, an unrecognized independent region in northern Somalia, opened a maximum security prison for pirates on Tuesday. The prison, refurbished by a USD $1.5 million grant from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), is currently only housing prisoners tried in Somalia [Somaliland Press …

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by Julia Zebley

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday sentenced Jean-Baptiste Gatete to life imprisonment, the highest sentence meted out by the ICTR, for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Gatete, the former Mayor of Murambi Commune in Byumba prefecture, has been on trial since October 2009 and was …

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