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Legal news from Tuesday, September 20, 2011
by Sarah Posner

US Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday President Barack Obama remains committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, despite political opposition. At the European Parliament in Brussels, Holder stated the administration's commitment to closing Guantanamo before the next presidential election. Obama has faced criticism for not closing Guantanamo after issuing …

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by Sarah Posner

Alaska Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner on Friday ruled it unconstitutional for Alaska to deny same-sex couples the senior citizen and disabled veteran property tax exemptions given to married couples. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Alaska challenged the state's tax exemption law on behalf of three same-sex couples …

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by Jennie Ryan

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that, although Russia did not misuse legal proceedings in order to destroy an oil company, it did violate the business's rights. The former Russian oil company, Yukos Oil, filed suit against the country alleging that it forced the company into liquidation through unfair taxation practices. In …

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by Jennie Ryan

The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] officially took effect Tuesday at 12:01 AM ET. With the repeal of the law, the military can no longer prevent gays and lesbians from serving openly among its ranks. The occasion was marked by statements of commemoration from various government agencies, as …

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