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Legal news from Wednesday, April 25, 2012

[JURIST] Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy [official website] on Wednesday signed legislation [SB 280 materials] to repeal the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. The bill was approved by the House and the Senate [JURIST reports] earlier this month. Upon signing the legislation, Malloy stated [text]:My position on the appropriateness of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard its final oral arguments [day call, PDF] of the term Wednesday in Arizona v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] to determine whether Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] is preempted by federal law. The US Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Louisiana State Senate on Tuesday approved a bill [text] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Army Col. Denise Lind refused Wednesday to dismiss Espionage Act [text] charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] for allegedly transferring vast amounts of classified information to Wikileaks [website; JURIST news archive]. The ruling [AP report] will allow the discovery hearing to continue with the official … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maryland Court of Appeals [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a law [text, PDF] allowing police to collect DNA from individuals arrested for violent crimes and burglaries, finding it an unconstitutional violation of the Fourth Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder]. The question was whether the government interest … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday challenged European governments to do more to address discrimination against Muslims [report, PDF], 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in United States v. Home Concrete & Supply, LLC [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that § 6501(e)(1)(A) [text] of the IRS code does not apply to an overstatement of basis. Ordinarily, the government must assess a deficiency against a taxpayer within … [read more]

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