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Legal news from Tuesday, April 26, 2011
by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Sorrell v. IMS Health to determine whether a state law prohibiting prescription drug manufacturers from using data collected from physicians is a violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday ordered a new sentencing hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panthers who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a police officer in Philadelphia in 1981. The three-judge panel concluded that the jury that sentenced Abu-Jamal …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 7-1 in United States v. Tohono O'odham Indian Nation that the tribe cannot bring a suit based on the same facts in both federal district court and the Court of Federal Claims (CFC). 28 USC § 1500 …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A UN panel of experts said in a report released Monday that the Sri Lankan government and rebel forces may have committed war crimes during the final stages of the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appointed the three-person panel last year to …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Sponsors of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, on Monday filed a motion to vacate in US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, arguing that the judge who struck down the marriage ban should have recused himself from the case because of a conflict of interest. The motion …

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by Aman Kakar

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday delineated the priorities and missions for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for the remainder of his present term. Holder said that the DOJ's priorities will include protecting Americans from terrorism at home and abroad, fighting violent crime, combating financial fraud and protecting the most …

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