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Legal news from Thursday, June 9, 2011
by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6-3 in Sykes v. United States that fleeing after being ordered to stop is a violent felony within the meaning of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) [18 USC § 924(e)]. Delivering the opinion for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy analyzed the case …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Munich court on Thursday denied Spain's request to extradite retired US autoworker and convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk to stand trial in Madrid. The Spanish National Court in January sought Demjanjuk's extradition so he could stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity relating to his alleged involvement with the Flossenburg …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday signed into law an immigration bill expanding restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The bill, passed by the Alabama legislature last week, includes measures comparable to those passed in Arizona last year. The bill permits police officers to detain a person stopped for a traffic …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously in Talk America Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. that a state utility commission may require an incumbent carrier like Bell Telephone to provide connectivity to its network for a small, independent carrier, without hindrance. The Court agreed with …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court Thursday ruled in DePierre v. United States that the harsher sentences under a federal anti-drug statute for "cocaine base" applied to more than just "crack cocaine," but to all forms of cocaine in its basic form. All the justices joined in the opinion written by …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled against Microsoft Thursday in Microsoft v. i4i Limited Partnership, holding that a patent will be invalidated only if the challenging party meets the "clear and convincing evidence" standard. The Supreme Court affirmed a US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit …

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by Zach Zagger

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Thursday condemned reported violence by Syria against its own people, calling on it to allow UN investigators into the country. Pillay said that reports show the number killed since protests began last March has exceeded 1,100 with up to 10,000 in detention, noting that at least 50 …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Brazilian Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Wednesday that it would not extradite former Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti back to Italy and said that Italy did not have standing to challenge the decision. The court upheld last year's decision by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against extradition and ordered that Battisti …

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by Julia Zebley

The Iowa House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 54 - 37 in favor of a bill [HF-1736 text, PDF] that would effectively ban abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, making it the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The Iowa House passed a late-term abortion ban in April, …

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by Zach Zagger

A French Muslim couple living in the UK filed a challenge Thursday in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over a French ban on full face coverings, while a Spanish court upheld a city ban on veils in municipal buildings for identification and security purposes. A French husband and wife, who have chosen …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (ACLU) on Wednesday asked a federal judge to permanently block a Utah law that restricts Internet speech. Utah Code §§ 76-10-1206 and 76-10-1233 regulate Internet material, including artwork, photography and graphic novels that might be "harmful to minors." In its memorandum supporting the motion for …

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by Erin Bock

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in conjunction with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and other rights groups, filed a motion for preliminary injunction on Wednesday to block a Georgia immigration law from going into effect. The motion comes one week after the groups filed a class action lawsuit in …

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