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Legal news from Tuesday, July 19, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

A federal judge on Friday ordered Florida's Dixie County Courthouse to remove the Ten Commandments monument displayed on the front steps of the courthouse. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLUFL) filed the lawsuit in early 2007, arguing that the monument violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Philippine government has failed to investigate and prosecute extrajudicial killings tied to the country's military, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Tuesday. In a report entitled "No Justice Just Adds to the Pain: Killings, Disappearances, and Impunity in the Philippines," HRW presents evidence indicating that the Philippine military was involved in seven murders …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Monday filed a complaint challenging a North Dakota law that effectively bans non-surgical abortions in the state. The law restricts the use of mifepristone, misoprostol and other drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to induce first-trimester …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday ruled that Google could appeal a decision permitting a wiretapping lawsuit against the company to proceed. Judge James Ware granted Google's request to delay the lawsuit pending an appeal of a ruling against Google. The lawsuit …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Three Pakistani men filed a complaint on Monday seeking to arrest former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) legal counsel for authorizing unmanned predator drone strikes. The complaint alleges that former General Counsel to the CIA John Rizzo approved the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to carry out drone strikes and admitted to doing …

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