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Legal news from Tuesday, March 6, 2012
by Jerry Votava

US Attorney General Eric Holder, in a speech Monday, framed the Obama administration's policy toward the targeted killing of US citizens abroad who are members of al Qaeda. Holder's comments also addressed the success of the federal courts and revised military commissions in prosecuting terrorism offenders, as well as the factors …

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by Jamie Reese

The Georgia State Senate passed a bill Monday that would ban illegal immigrants from state colleges and universities. The bill was approved with a 34-19 vote. According to the bill's sponsor, Senator Larry Loudermilk (R), it is not about education, but on preventing taxpayer dollars from benefiting those persons …

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by Jamie Reese

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland ruled Friday that a portion of Maryland's handgun permit law is unconstitutional because it violates the Second Amendment. Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that the law limited individuals' rights to obtaining a permit by requiring a "good and substantial reason," and that requirement …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday convicted financier Allen Stanford on charges of orchestrating a $7 billion Ponzi scheme affecting investors in both the US and Latin America. Stanford was convicted on 13 of 14 charges, including conspiracy to commit wire or mail …

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by Jerry Votava

UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya on Monday outlined the risks and challenges faced by human rights journalists and media workers, and called for additional protection of those workers. The report indicated that, "journalists and media workers active on human rights issues were subject to killings, attacks, disappearance, abduction, torture and ill-treatment." The report called …

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