Legal news from Sunday, October 9, 2011

[JURIST] The United Nations (UN) [official website] called on all parties to the Libyan revolution [JURIST news archive] to maintain respect for human rights [press release] as the conflict winds down in Sirte [BBC backgrounder]. As the interim government forces push through the hometown of former Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi … [read more]

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] Saturday vetoed [text, PDF] a bill [SB 185, PDF] that would have allowed public colleges and universities to consider demographic factors such as race during the admissions process. The bill, introduced by Senator Ed Hernandez [official website], would have effectively overturned [Daily Californian … [read more]

[JURIST] An Obama administration legal memorandum from last year found that the killing of US citizen and senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] would only be legal if it were not feasible to take al-Awlaki alive. The memo last year followed months of … [read more]

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed [press release] the California Dream Act [AB 131, PDF] into law on Saturday, expanding financial aid to undocumented students. Under AB 131, high achieving students who are in the process of applying for citizenship are eligible to receive financial aid for college. … [read more]

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