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Legal news from Friday, April 15, 2011
by John Paul Putney

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday ruled en banc against same-sex adoptive parents seeking an amended Louisiana birth certificate that listed both unmarried men as the parents of the child. In 2006, Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith adopted their child in New York, where unmarried couples can legally adopt …

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by Hillary Stemple

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee announced Friday that he is suing members of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's regime over allegations that he was tortured by the government while in Egyptian custody. Mamdouh Habib, an Australian citizen, was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. He was released from Guantanamo …

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by Erin Bock

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday found former Croatian Colonel General Ante Gotovina guilty of several counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his involvement in the 1995 Operation Storm. Gotovina, along with former military leaders Ivan Cermak and …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Delaware House of Representatives voted 26-15 on Thursday in favor of a bill allowing same-sex civil unions within the state. According to the legislation, individuals entering into a civil union "shall enjoy all the same rights, benefits, protections, and shall be subject to all the same responsibilities, as married persons …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Georgia General Assembly passed an Arizona-style immigration bill on Thursday that requires police to check the immigration status of anyone they have probable cause to believe has committed a criminal offense and requires businesses to use E-Verify to check the immigration status of potential employees. The bill …

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by Brian Jackson

Idaho Governor CL "Butch" Otter on Wednesday signed into law a bill that would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The bill had passed the state legislature earlier this month. The new law allows for limited exceptions to the ban, such as in the case of …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that had challenged a controversial state bill limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that the two county officials who filed the complaint lacked standing to sue as government representatives, but could sue as …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan harshly criticized the Pakistani government Thursday for its poor human rights record and called on government officials to fix the human rights abuses occurring in the country. In its 2010 Annual Report, the group chronicles the repeated human rights violations that have taken place in the country over the …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday dismissed a constitutional challenge to the National Day of Prayer (NDP). The decision overturns last year's decision by the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that the day of prayer more …

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