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Legal news from Thursday, January 5, 2012
by Matthew Pomy

Egyptian prosecutors announced Thursday they will be seeking the death penalty for former president Hosni Mubarak, former interior minister Habib El Adly and four of his aides accused of ordering the killing of anti-government protesters last year. This announcement came on the last day to make statements to the court panel [Tripoli Post …

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by Jerry Votava

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the Belarus Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2011, which will impose new sanctions on Belarus. The law labels President Alexander Lukashenko a dictator and states that he "established himself in power by orchestrating an illegal and unconstitutional referendum that enabled him to …

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by Matthew Pomy

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Wednesday granted an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Arizona's voter approved medical marijuana law, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. The challenge, filed by Governor Jan Brewer, argued the law makes state …

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by Dan Taglioli

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 to assure the approval of plans for Holyland, which dominates a Jerusalem hilltop …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Wednesday heard arguments in an appeal by the state of Texas to lift a lower court's preliminary injunction against a state abortion law that requires doctors to show sonograms to patients before performing the procedure. The three-judge panel did not immediately rule on …

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by Jerry Votava

Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire announced 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 to be performed in Washington. If the legislation is passed, Washington would be the seventh state in the nation to legalize …

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