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Legal news from Thursday, March 1, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the state of Washington did not violate the constitutional rights of certain legal immigrants when it discontinued their food stamp benefits to save approximately $7 million in state funds. In reversing an injunction by the US District Court for the Western …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the US Attorney's authority to prosecute medical marijuana providers in the state. The suit was filed by the El Camino Wellness Center Collective, a Sacramento dispensary and a medical marijuana …

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by Jamie Reese

Google's new privacy policy, which took affect Thursday, is in violation of European law according to the EU's Justice Commissioner Vice-President Viviane Reding. The new policy allows data collection from one Google service to be shared among all services, including YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and Blogger. The new privacy agreement is mandatory when using …

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by Katherine Getty

Bahrain is convicting hundreds of opposition activists in unfair and politically motivated trials, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The 94-page report details alleged due process violations in both civilian and military courts. The report is based on information obtained from interviews with more than 50 defendants, lawyers and witnesses to the proceedings. …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Georgia House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation banning late-term abortions. The bill, passed in a vote of 102-65, would prohibit most abortions performed beyond five months of pregnancy except in situations where continued pregnancy would affect the life or health of the mother. The legislation is premised on the controversial …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation requiring cigarette packaging and advertisements to display more prominent graphic health warning labels is unconstitutional, issuing a permanent injunction. The regulation mandating nine new warning signs, initially …

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by Kevin Green

The US District Court for the District of Arizona on Wednesday blocked Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that bans drivers from blocking traffic to acquire or offer day labor services. The plaintiffs contend that the contested portions of the legislation violate the First Amendment [Cornell …

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by Keith Herting

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted Thursday to pass a non-binding resolution condemning Syrian authorities for continued bloodshed and violations of human rights. The resolution calls for the Syrian government to immediately end attacks on civilians. The measure was affirmed with 37 nations voting for the proposal while three voted against …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Armour v. Indianapolis on tax equality under the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution. In Indianapolis, a tax scheme was changed mid-project, and several residents were forgiven the remainder of their balances on that tax. The petitioners, a group of …

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