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Legal news from Friday, July 15, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday unanimously rejected a constitutional challenge to the full-body scans conducted at airports by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The appeals court held that the use of full body scanners, also known as Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), does not …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will open an inquiry into whether journalists working for the media company News Corporation (News Corp.) and its subsidiaries violated US laws by hacking into the mobile phones of 9/11 victims. The FBI said that it …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Rates of violent crime along the US-Mexico border have been declining for several years, according to a USA Today analysis released Thursday. The study indicated that, on average, US border cities were safer than other cities in the same states, with border cities maintaining lower crimes rates than the national average. Federal crime statistics, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled Friday that the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) was right to order UBS to disclose information to the US on more than 250 of the bank's clients. FINMA issued the order in February 2009 after the US Department …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Thursday said he will not sign legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The measure imposes penalties on doctors who fail to comply with the new restrictions. It would provide some exceptions, permitting abortions of viable fetuses only when the woman's …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Obama administration on Thursday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reinstate the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive] policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The government filed the "emergency motion," arguing that a Ninth Circuit …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Two former military officers were convicted and sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for committing crimes against humanity at an Argentine prison. The officers, along with five others, were charged and convicted of various crimes including murder, kidnapping and torture that took place at El Vesubio, a notorious …

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