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Legal news from Thursday, January 5, 2012

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutors announced Thursday they will be seeking the death penalty for former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile], former interior minister Habib El Adly and four of his aides accused of ordering the killing of anti-government protesters [JURIST news archive] last year. This announcement came on the last … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Tuesday signed the Belarus Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2011 [text, PDF], which will impose new sanctions on Belarus. The law labels President Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] a dictator and states that he "established himself in power by … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Wednesday granted an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] motion to dismiss a lawsuit [order, PDF] challenging Arizona's voter approved medical marijuana law, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act [text, PDF]. The challenge [text], … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was indicted Thursday on bribery charges over the construction of a luxury apartment complex called the Holyland towers. As Jerusalem's mayor from 1993 to 2003, Olmert, along with other city officials, allegedly accepted millions of dollars in bribes [Reuters report] to assure the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] Wednesday heard arguments in an appeal by the state of Texas to lift a lower court's preliminary injunction [order, PDF] against a state abortion law [HB 15 text] that requires doctors to show sonograms to patients before performing … [read more]

[JURIST] Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that she plans to introduce legislation that would not deny marriage licenses to couples based on their sexual orientation and would permit same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] to be performed in Washington. If the legislation is passed, Washington … [read more]

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