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Legal news from Monday, April 4, 2011
by Jennie Ryan

A Dutch court in the Amsterdam district of Haarlem on Monday upheld a ban on Islamic headscarves at Don Bosco College, a Catholic school in Volendam. The court stressed that a prohibition on headscarves is in line with the schools interest in maintaining its Catholic character and …

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by LaToya Sawyer

A Spanish court issued an international arrest warrant on Monday for the extradition of Jose Sosa Orantes, a former Guatemalan soldier being held in Canada for his involvement in a 1982 massacre during Guatemala's 36-year civil war. Arrested in Canada in January for lying on his US citizen application about his ties to the Guatemalan …

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by Ann Riley

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-conspirators will be tried before a military commission for their roles in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Holder, who wanted the accused be tried before a federal civilian court, referred the cases to the Department of …

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by Erin Bock

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn that respondents lacked standing to bring suit regarding the constitutionality of an Arizona tax credit. The tax credit [Ariz Rev Stat Ann § 43-1089 text] applies to donations given to organizations that provide scholarships at …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in Cullen v. Pinholster that review under the federal habeas law is limited to the record that was before the state court, reinstating the death penalty for a convicted man. The court's ruling reversed an en banc decision of the US Court of …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases from the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit but denied review of three Guantanamo cases. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed a brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, arguing that the health care reform law is constitutional. In January, a judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida struck down the …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A Vietnamese court on Monday convicted well-known lawyer and activist Cu Huy Ha Vu of carrying out anti-state propaganda and sentenced him to seven years of imprisonment and an additional three years of house arrest. During the trial, which lasted only one day, Vu's lawyers were thrown out of court, and Vu was forced to defend himself. …

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