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Legal news from Wednesday, October 10, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday issued an order temporarily staying an injunction blocking Montana's campaign finance law. Montana's campaign finance law [MCA § 13-37-216] law limits the individual contributions to gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates to $500 and contributions to candidates for other statewide offices to $250. …

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by Sung Un Kim

The three-judge panel of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that South Carolina's new voter identification law does not discriminate against racial minorities, allowing it to take effect next year. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) argued that the law violated the Voting Rights Act [Cornell LII …

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by Sung Un Kim

Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to 11 criminal charges. His charges include taking hostages, providing material support to terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, and conspiring do such acts. He made his first appearance in the US District Court for …

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by Matthew Pomy

Ohio officials filed an emergency appeal with the US Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking permission to close early voting three days prior to election day for everyone but overseas military personnel. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine filed the request seeking to stay an order by the US …

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by Keith Herting

A Thai court on Wednesday upheld a controversial law which imposes criminal sanctions for those deemed to have insulted the royal family. The Thai Constitutional Court decided unanimously that Article 112 of the Criminal Code of Thailand fell within the limits of the nation's constitution. Article 112 allows for anyone who "defames, insults …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday in X. v. Turkey that a gay man was detained in violation of Articles 3 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. A homosexual man filed a series of complaints during his detention in a Turkish prison alleging he was harassed and …

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by Matthew Pomy

The German Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law that would legalize circumcisions. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court ruling that circumcision of minors for religious reasons is prohibited. Though the court's judgment was limited to the Cologne region, the ruling sparked outrage in …

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by Keith Herting

A Russian court on Wednesday freed one member of the controversial feminist rock collective Pussy Riot. The Moscow City Court freed Yekaterina Samutsevich after accepting her argument that she had been removed from the cathedral so quickly that she had barely had time to remove her guitar from …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

An Alaska Superior Court judge on Monday upheld a state law that requires women under the age of 18 to notify their parents if they intend to get an abortion. Judge John Suddock held that the law is constitutional but struck down a provision that would have imposed civil liability on doctors who provide …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two related cases on Tuesday. In Tibbals v. Carter, the court considered the "right to competence" in habeas corpus cases and whether a federal district judge can order an indefinite stay of a habeas action under precedent set in Rees v. Peyton …

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