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Legal news from Wednesday, April 25, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Wednesday signed legislation to repeal the death penalty. The bill was approved by the House and the Senate earlier this month. Upon signing the legislation, Malloy stated:My position on the appropriateness of the death penalty in our criminal justice system evolved over a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard its final oral arguments of the term Wednesday in Arizona v. United States to determine whether Arizona's controversial immigration law is preempted by federal law. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld an injunction last April …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Louisiana State Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to change the requirements regarding ultrasounds before a woman can undergo an abortion, including a new requirement to listen to the fetus' heartbeat. Current state law already already requires an ultrasound two hours before the procedure, but the new legislation would require the ultrasound to be performed 24 hours …

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by Matthew Pomy

Army Col. Denise Lind refused Wednesday to dismiss Espionage Act charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning for allegedly transferring vast amounts of classified information to Wikileaks. The ruling will allow the discovery hearing to continue with the official trial scheduled to begin in September. Manning's defense argues that …

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by Jamie Reese

The Maryland Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down a law allowing police to collect DNA from individuals arrested for violent crimes and burglaries, finding it an unconstitutional violation of the Fourth Amendment. The question was whether the government interest in collecting and testing a DNA sample without a warrant …

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by Jamie Reese

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday challenged European governments to do more to address discrimination against Muslims, especially in the areas of employment and education. The report states that many women are denied jobs or access to classrooms simply because they are wearing traditional forms of dress, such as a headscarf. Men also …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in United States v. Home Concrete & Supply, LLC that § 6501(e)(1)(A) of the IRS code does not apply to an overstatement of basis. Ordinarily, the government must assess a deficiency against a taxpayer within "3 years after the return was filed." The three-year period …

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