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Legal news from Thursday, January 3, 2013
by Daniel Mullen

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced a new rule Wednesday which will make easier for undocumented immigrants to become citizens if they have an immediate relative who is an American citizen. Under existing law, immediate relatives of US citizens who have been in the US illegally for more than six months must …

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by Daniel Mullen

US President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) into law on Thursday. The bill, which authorizes appropriations for military activities for 2013, expressly prohibits using funds to transfer individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay and also prohibits using funds to construct facilities in the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on Thursday ruled that the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake were unlawful. The court held that the parliamentary committee does not have the authority to investigate or proceed with the impeachment of a senior judge; these tasks are left to the judiciary. Thus, by stepping into the …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for disclosure of tactics used by the US to assassinate suspected terrorists. The request had been filed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the New York …

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