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Legal news from Tuesday, June 28, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

US State Department (DOS) legal adviser Harold Koh on Tuesday told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) that President Barack Obama is acting within the law with respect to US military operations in Libya. Koh testified that Obama's conduct is consistent with the Constitution, the 1973 War Powers Resolution …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Tuesday urged personal aides of Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi to implement the arrest warrants issued Monday. Moreno-Ocampo called on the aides to arrest Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the "de facto Prime Minister," and his brother-in-law …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed legislation Monday that would have required a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. The "Woman's Right to Know Act" would also have required women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound of the fetus prior to the procedure. Supporters argued that the bill …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Texas legislature on Monday passed a pair of bills that criminalize enhanced airport security pat-downs if they involve touching a passenger's "private" areas. The Texas House of Representatives passed HB 41 while the Senate simultaneously passed SB 29, both seeking to reduce "groping" during airport security screening processes. A person acting in …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two additional cases Tuesday including a case similar to one decided last week involving whether the Confrontation Clause case blocks the admissibility of lab test data when the analyst who conducted the tests is not called to testify. In Williams v. Illinois [docket; cert. …

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by Zach Zagger

A former contractor for Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, was sentenced Monday to two-and-a-half years in prison for the 2009 shooting of an unarmed Afghan civilian in Kabul. Justin Cannon was convicted in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, VA in March, along with Christopher …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Philip Morris v. Jackson [docket; cert. petition, PDF], declining to determine whether a state court erred in certifying a class of smokers who sued four tobacco companies, claiming that cigarettes containing nicotine are defective products. Despite the fact that the Louisiana state …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Monday blocked two sections of the state's controversial immigration bill that was signed into law last month. Judge Thomas Thrash issued a preliminary injunction at the request of the plaintiffs, including the American Civil Liberties Union …

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by Zach Zagger

Uruguay President Jose Mujica is removing 80 administrative acts blocking investigations into crimes committed by the military junta that ruled between 1973-85, Secretary of the Presidency Alberto Breccia announced Monday. Mujica, who fought the military rule as a guerilla fighter, will issue a decree later …

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