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Legal news from Wednesday, July 6, 2011
by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday lifted a stay in Log Cabin Republicans v. USA, ordering an immediate end to enforcement of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive], due to the Obama administration's assertion that it is unconstitutional …

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by Zach Zagger

An appeals court on Wednesday rejected convicted former Illinois governor George Ryan's appeal seeking to overturn his 2006 conviction on corruption charges. The 77-year-old Ryan was convicted in 2006 on multiple counts of corruption and fraud in connection with a bribes-for-licenses scandal that occurred during Ryan's term as Illinois Secretary of State. Ryan appealed his …

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by Julia Zebley

Women around the world are still facing discrimination, according to a report released Wednesday by UN Women detailing the legal and humanitarian struggles of women across the globe. The report, "Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice," is the first out of the UN's new agency, which is devoted to reducing gender …

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by Julia Zebley

Libyan Judge Khalifa Isa Khalifa announced Wednesday that charges are being filed against 21 rebels attempting to overthrow Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi. Charges include facilitating foreign intervention in Libya, providing aid and military secrets to the enemy and seeking to topple Gadhafi's regime by force. Among those charged is the …

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by Zach Zagger

The Obama administration has brought Somali terror suspect Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame to the US to face a civil trial in New York, a decision that has sparked harsh criticism. Warsame was captured by US forces in April somewhere in the Gulf region and detained on a US Navy ship for questioning until being sent to the US …

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by Julia Zebley

The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) released a report confirming the use of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last summer, but continued investigations were suspended on Wednesday due to reprisal attacks on rape victims. The report, released last week, indicated that …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Idaho has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of an Idaho anti-union law that bans a union program that subsidizes employment for its members. The law, called the Fairness in Contracting Act, prohibits union programs used by construction workers unions …

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by Julia Zebley

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens filed a notice of appeal in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Tuesday, stating that he plans to appeal the recent injunction of a controversial immigration bill. Judge Thomas Thrash issued a preliminary injunction for the plaintiffs—the American …

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by Zach Zagger

Syria security forces may have committed crimes against humanity during an operation to suppress demonstrations in the Western town of Tell Kalakh, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report published Wednesday. AI said that its investigation revealed that during a security sweep in Tell Kalakh beginning May 14, security forces conducted killings, mass …

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by Zach Zagger

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in pre-trial was the result of criminal acts, differing from the previous explanation that had blamed prison doctors. Medvedev was presented with a report on Magnitsky's death during a meeting with the Presidential Council on …

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by Julia Zebley

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced on Tuesday that they are launching a criminal investigation into United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU), an energy company at one time headed by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The SBU is investigating UESU's potential embezzlement of USD $405 …

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