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Legal news from Friday, September 16, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Friday that the government will propose legislation to ban burqas and other face coverings. The proposal is being submitted in cooperation with conservative politician Geert Wilders and the Party for Freedom. The government contends that the proposed legislation …

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by Sarah Posner

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday opened the confirmation of charges hearing against accused war criminal Callixte Mbarushimana. Mbarushimana, former leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), is charged with 13 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) …

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by Michael Haggerson

US President Barack Obama signed the America Invents Act into law on Friday. The Senate approved the bill earlier this month, and the House of Representatives approved the bill in June. The act represents the first change to the American patent system since 1952 …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Spanish National Court on Thursday sentenced a former Basque separatist to 10 years in prison for terrorism and trying to resurrect a banned political wing of Euzkadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA). The court found that Arnaldo Otegi acted on orders from ETA to create an …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The UK Parliament on Thursday approved the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, making it more difficult for ordinary citizens to obtain arrest warrants for suspected war criminals present in the UK. The controversial act removes the exclusive power of granting arrest warrants from local magistrates, requiring that all such warrants receive approval from …

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by Hillary Stemple

Two Republican Congressmen have sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking to delay the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive], scheduled to go into effect next Tuesday. Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) [official …

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by Hillary Stemple

An Egyptian criminal court on Thursday sentenced three associates of former president Hosni Mubarak to prison and ordered them to pay fines after they were found guilty on charges of corruption that occurred under the Mubarak regime. Ahmed Ezz, a steel tycoon and former ranking member of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party, was accused …

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by John Paul Putney

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday temporarily enjoined a Florida law restricting what physicians can ask or say about firearms to their patients as violative of the doctors' First Amendment rights. Under the Firearm Owners' Privacy Act (FOPA), violating doctors risk losing their medical license …

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