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Legal news from Tuesday, August 16, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU) on Tuesday filed a complaint in federal court seeking to block a new Louisiana law [HB 55, R.S. §14:91.5 text, PDF] that limits Internet use for registered sex offenders. The ACLU contends that the law infringes on the First Amendment rights of individuals …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday urged lawmakers to enhance a controversial anti-terror law by removing provisions that deter authorities from using the law. The Human Security Act (HSA), signed in 2007 by then-president Gloria Arroyo, authorizes the 72-hour detention of suspects without charge and allows for surveillance, wiretapping and seizure of …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Michigan House of Representatives on Monday introduced a bill that would ban Sharia law and other laws deemed "foreign." The bill, introduced by Representative Dave Agema (R), seeks to limit the enforcement and application of "foreign laws that would impair constitutional rights." Contractual provisions or agreements that provide for the choice of …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Sixteen Hungarian churches have appealed to the country's Constitutional Court seeking to block a controversial church law that purportedly violates the separation of church and state. The "Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and on Churches, Religions and Religious Community," passed by the Hungarian Parliament in a 254-43 vote on July …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens filed an appeal Monday in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeking to overturn a recent injunction of a controversial immigration law. A judge from the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued a preliminary …

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