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Legal news from Monday, May 2, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in MBZ v. Clinton [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the political question doctrine deprives a federal court of jurisdiction to enforce a federal statute that explicitly directs the secretary of state how to record the birthplace of an …

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by Julia Zebley

Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court on Monday, shortly before he was to begin a seven-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault. The 300-page appeal includes requests that Katsav's prison term be postponed until after his appeal as well …

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by Matt Glenn

An amendment to Chinese law abolishing the death penalty for 13 crimes passed in February by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) went into effect on Sunday. The list of crimes for which the death penalty was abolished include non-violent and economic crimes such as tax …

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by Matt Glenn

US President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that earlier in the day a small team of US military personnel attacked a compound in which al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been hiding, killing Bin Laden and taking possession of his body. Bin Laden had topped the US list of Most …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-1 in Montana v. Wyoming for Wyoming in a dispute with Montana over water rights to the Tongue and Powder rivers. Montana claimed that Wyoming violated the Yellowstone River Compact, which allocates water rights to the two …

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