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Legal news from Monday, May 21, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on Friday signed Virginia's new voter ID legislation which will require voters to show one form of acceptable identification in order to cast a vote. In addition to signing the bill, the governor issued an executive order directing the state Board of Elections to send new voter ID …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The city of Buenos Aires passed a resolution Friday that will recognize same-sex marriages for non-citizens, making it the fourth district in Argentina to legalize such marriages. The new law allows tourists and other foreigners to exercise the same marriage rights afforded to citizens of Argentina. In a statement, the Federacion Argentina …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Friday signed a bill designed to "simplify and clarify" the state's tough immigration law. The move came one day after Bentley called a special legislative session to discuss changes to the bill. The new legislation clarifies what types of documents can be …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether plaintiffs have standing to challenge a federal eavesdropping law. The plaintiffs, including attorneys, journalists and rights organizations, facially challenged Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [50 USC § 1881(a) …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was freed from prison Monday after being pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Fonseka, who is credited with bringing an end to the 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was arrested shortly after his defeat in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Italian Court of Cassation, the country's highest appeals court, on Friday upheld a ruling clearing former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi of fraud and embezzlement charges relating to his commercial broadcast company, Mediaset. Prosecutors in Milan had appealed after a judge ruled in October that there was not enough evidence …

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