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Legal news from Sunday, February 5, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah ruled Friday that the Browns, a publicly polygamist family living in Utah, have standing to bring a suit challenging Utah's anti-bigamy law against Utah County Attorney General Jeffrey Buhman. The court dismissed challenges brought against Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Utah Attorney General …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Army dropped all charges against Army Specialist Michael Wagnon Friday, ending the final case in a series of related charges against five army personnel accused of killing Afghan civilians. Wagnon had been facing a charge of murder for his alleged involvement in the killing of three Afghan civilians and was expected to go to trial in March. …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Virginia House of Delegates on Friday voted 71-28 to approve a bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place a child if the agency, or anyone affiliated with it, disagrees with the proposed placement based on religious beliefs. Effectively, this bill would allow adoption agencies to refuse to adopt to same-sex couples. Governor …

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by Matthew Pomy

A French court of appeals on Thursday upheld the 2009 fraud conviction against the Church of Scientology, fining the defendants a total of €600,000. The decision upheld the original conviction of the Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology (ASES), an affiliated bookstore, and seven other members for fraud and …

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