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Legal news from Saturday, January 26, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education on Friday issued guidance clarifying school districts' existing legal obligations to give disabled students an equal chance to compete in extracurricular sports alongside their peers without disabilities. The US Secretary for Education Arne Duncan acknowledged the critical role sports play …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has sentenced former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent John Kiriakou, who was among the first to disclose information to the public about the CIA's use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques, to thirty months in prison for intentionally disclosing information …

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by Max Slater

The Virginia Senate approved legislation [Senate Bill No. 701, text] on Friday that would prohibit the state government from discriminating against its employees based on sexual orientation. The Senate passed the bill 24-16 with four Republicans joining all 20 Democrats in support. Senator Adam Ebbin (D), an openly gay lawmaker, declared that the …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday vacated the conspiracy conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul, the media secretary of Osama bin Laden. The DC Circuit ruled that the military tribunal that convicted Al Bahlul of conspiracy in …

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