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Legal news from Monday, December 10, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Kloeckner v. Solis [JURIST report] that a federal employee appealing a "mixed case" from the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) [official website] should appeal by suing in the appropriate district court, not appealing the decision to the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that North Carolina may not offer specialty pro-life license plates without offering a pro-choice alternative. In a challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal … [read more]

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) [advocacy website] has found [press release] that atheists and other non-religious persons suffer persecution and discrimination all over the world, and that prosecutions of blasphemy have risen along with the popularity of social media. The report, "Freedom … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the state's most comprehensive underage sex trafficking law is unconstitutional, prompting legislators to drop their defense of the law. In particular, Judge Ricardo Martinez found that Senate Bill 6251 [materials], which … [read more]

[JURIST] The US answered to allegations that it has illegally detained juveniles in a prison in Afghanistan in a recent report [text, DOC] given to the UN Committee on Rights of the Child [advocacy website]. The report was released in response to several inquiries regarding US compliance with the Convention … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile] on Monday ordered the military to work with the nation's police to maintain security until the referendum on Saturday. This order, which leads up to the already controversial referendum on Egypt's constitution, gives the military the power to arrest civilians [BBC report] and … [read more]

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