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Legal news from Sunday, January 1, 2012

[JURIST] The Egyptian government on Sunday denied cracking down on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are advocating democracy in Egypt. The government's response came amid accusations [Reuters report] by various human rights groups that Egypt was trying to silence the military council's vocal opposition. Allegations against the Egyptian government for their … [read more]

[JURIST] Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday in his year-end report [text, PDF] expressed complete confidence in the ability of the US Supreme Court [official website] justices to recuse themselves from cases with a personal interest at stake. Roberts' comments came amid controversy over whether two justices on the Court … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Saturday signed [statement] the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA) [SB 1867, pdf] into law despite having reservations over certain provisions in the bill. The contentious legislation contains a clause that allows the president to use "all necessary and appropriate force" … [read more]

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