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Legal news from Saturday, September 17, 2011

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday ordered a stay of execution [text, PDF] for Duane Buck, a convicted murderer in Texas, pending a determination on whether to grant certiorari [writ text, PDF] in the case. Buck's appeal is not arguing his innocence, but rather improper … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a City of Redondo Beach [official website] anti-day laborer ordinance [3-7.1601 text] as an unconstitutional restriction on speech. The ordinance prohibited individuals from standing on a street or highway to solicit "employment, … [read more]

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman [official website] on Friday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the validity of the state's newly passed Marriage Equality Act [text, PDF; JURIST report]. The initial complaint [text, PDF], filed by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) [advocacy website] and other … [read more]

[JURIST] The Virginia Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the effects of global warming [JURIST news archive] are not covered by a standard liability insurance policy. The AES Corporation [corporate website], a power company, is facing a suit, Kivalina v. Exxon Mobil Corp., for its contributions to … [read more]

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