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Legal news from Tuesday, September 27, 2011

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida [official website] on Monday began reviewing the lawsuit challenging a Florida state law requiring drug testing before welfare applicants can receive benefits. Judge Mary Scriven heard arguments [ACLU press release] Monday on both the constitutionality of … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Monday indefinitely delayed the sentencing of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Blagojevich was scheduled to be sentenced on October 6 after he was convicted [JURIST report] in June … [read more]

[JURIST] The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education [official website] voted on Monday to grant in-state college tuition rates at Rhode Island state institutions to children whose parents immigrated to the US illegally. The decision is seen by some as a stepping stone [GoLocalProv report] in the broader … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Monday declined to seek en banc review by the full US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official websites] of its August decision striking down the individual mandate provision [JURIST report] of the health care reform law [JURIST backgrounder], clearing the path for an … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged Thailand on Tuesday to stop the insurgents' deliberate targeting of civilians [press release] in Southern Thailand. The pressure on Thailand comes after AI released a report [text, PDF] detailing the deliberate attacks against civilians which they claim amount to war crimes. During the … [read more]

[JURIST] Libyan transitional justice minister Mohammed al-Alagi said Monday that he plans to abolish the nation's security prosecution and court and the state security appeals court. The state security court system had been used to jail thousands of dissidents and people who opposed the regime of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] was suspended Monday until next month amid bias claims. Lawyers for the families of the anti-Mubarak protesters who were killed argued to the Cairo Appeals Court [Al Jazeera backgrounder] that Judge Ahmed Refaat was overseeing … [read more]

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