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Legal news from Wednesday, February 22, 2012
by Sarah Posner

An Egyptian judge on Wednesday scheduled the verdict date for former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak for June 2, with Mubarak declining to address the court before the sentencing and verdict are set to take place. Mubarak could be put to death if convicted in what could be the first guilty verdict …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in PPL Montana v. Montana that the Montana Supreme Court erred in failing to use a well-settled approach to determine whether the water beds at issue could be considered navigable. PPL Montana (PPL), which owns a hydroelectric power dam on the Missouri River, brought …

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by Sarah Posner

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urged Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and his administration on Tuesday to postpone the sentencing of El Universo managers convicted of libel until after a hearing between the parties in March. The IACHR issued an injunction urging the Ecuador government to …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday in Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California that the parties to the suit could return to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to argue in the first instance whether Medicaid recipients and providers could maintain Supremacy Clause actions …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The European Commission said Wednesday that they will seek guidance from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) before moving forward with the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial international anti-piracy agreement. Commissioner Karel De Gucht said she hoped the guidance of the ECJ would ease the concerns of …

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by Max Slater

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) sent a letter to US officials Tuesday urging an investigation into the crackdown against protesters by forces loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. In a deal brokered by Middle Eastern leaders in November, Saleh agreed to give up power …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released its annual Attacks on the Press report, expressing concern about increased censorship of journalists worldwide in 2011. The CPJ criticized the growing trend of government censorship, especially Internet censorship. It indicated that imprisonment of journalists has gone up 20 percent worldwide in the last year, particularly in the …

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by Dan Taglioli

The New Jersey Superior Court on Tuesday reinstated one count of a marriage equality lawsuit against the state's civil union system, reversing the court's own decision to dismiss the count on a motion by the state Attorney General. Judge Linda Feinberg in November had allowed the case to …

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by Jennie Ryan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Tuesday for an increase in efforts to curb transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and piracy in West Africa. In an address to the UN Security Council, the Secretary-General said he was "particularly concerned about reports stating that terrorist groups, such as Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, …

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by Dan Taglioli

The High Administrative Court of Egypt ruled Monday that the voting system used in the recent parliamentary election was unconstitutional. The election was held over three stages from late November to January, and its the elaborate voting system apportioned parliamentary seats between political parties and individuals, with two thirds of the seats going to political parties. …

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by Jennie Ryan

Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan appointed a commission on Wednesday to investigate the violence that accompanied his rise to power. Hassan assumed power of Maldives when former president Mohamed Nasheed resigned on February 7 following weeks of protests. Nasheed claims he was forced from office in a coup. Supporters of Nasheed took to the streets …

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by Katherine Getty

Proponents of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, on Tuesday requested a new hearing before the full US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The request comes after a three-judge panel voted 2-1 to overturn the law, finding that it violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth …

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by Katherine Getty

Judge Clark Waddoups of the US District Court for the District of Utah said Tuesday that he would delay his ruling on Utah's immigration law until the US Supreme Court rules on the similar Arizona Immigration Law. Waddoups believes that it is in the best interest of the state and the court …

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by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of wrongful death claims by the families of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees, Yasser Al-Zahrani of Saudi Arabia and Salah Al-Salami of Yemen, who committed suicide while in detention in 2006. The families filed a civil lawsuit …

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by Jerry Votava

The Maryland State Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would permit the legal marriage of same-sex couples within the state. This bill is a cross-filing of HB438 which was approved by the Maryland House of Delegates last week. The bill is expected to move to …

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by Brandon Gatto

A Palestinian held without trial ended his 66-day hunger strike on Tuesday after Israeli authorities announced his release as part of a deal that avoids judicial review of the Israeli detention policy. The prisoner, Khader Adnan, is a 33-year-old member of the militant group Islamic Jihad who had been refusing food since his arrest in the West Bank in …

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