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Legal news from Saturday, September 17, 2011
by Julia Zebley

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday ordered a stay of execution for Duane Buck, a convicted murderer in Texas, pending a determination on whether to grant certiorari in the case. Buck's appeal is not arguing his innocence, but rather improper practices during his sentencing hearing. A clinical psychiatrist testified that …

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by Erin Bock

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday struck down a City of Redondo Beach 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, business, or contributions" from passing motorists. The city argued that …

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by Erin Bock

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Friday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the validity of the state's newly passed Marriage Equality Act. The initial complaint, filed by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) and other groups in the Seventh Judicial District of the New York …

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by Julia Zebley

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday that the effects of global warming are not covered by a standard liability insurance policy. The AES Corporation, a power company, is facing a suit, Kivalina v. Exxon Mobil Corp., for its contributions to global warming. AES expected that its insurance company, Steadfast, would …

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