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Legal news from Sunday, July 31, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling by a federal district court that the Forsyth County, North Carolina, Board of Commissioners violated the First Amendment by beginning its public meetings with sectarian prayer. The lawsuit against the county was originally filed by three …

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by Jennie Ryan

Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning on Friday announced that he is seeking approval of portions of the state's new election law in a federal court in Washington, DC. In June, Florida officials filed an application with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking approval of the law. Browning has withdrawn four sections …

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by Ashley Hileman

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida has declared the state's controlled-substances laws, which criminalize the "unknowing" possession of a controlled substance, unconstitutional. The decision, issued on Wednesday, stems from a petition for federal habeas corpus relief filed by Mackle Shelton, which included a claim that Florida's Drug …

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by Jennie Ryan

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday appealed a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturning the state's affirmative action ban. Proposal 2, an amendment to the Michigan Constitution, bans affirmative action in public employment, public education and state contracting. Earlier this month, the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday ruled 2-1 that patents held on two genes linked to hereditary ovarian and breast cancer are valid. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) originally filed the suit on behalf of patients and scientists challenging patents …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be held at a police academy located on the outer border of Cairo, an Egyptian judge announced Saturday. Officials chose the new location for the added security, after reporting Thursday that the trial would take place at a convention center …

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