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Legal news from Tuesday, September 1, 2009
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The identities of two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who were released to Portugal [JURIST report] last week were revealed Monday in papers filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website]. Mohammad Khan Tumani [transfer notice, PDF], who claims that his father [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] plans to expand its Civil Rights Division [official website] and more actively enforce anti-discrimination laws, Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] told the New York Times [media website] in an interview [NYT report] published Monday. The increased focus on civil rights [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] denied the habeas corpus petition of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah in a partially redacted opinion [text, PDF] made public Monday. Kollar-Kelly denied Al Odah's habeas petition [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Several US tobacco companies, including R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard [corporate websites], filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Monday challenging a new tobacco regulation law on First Amendment grounds. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website], challenges portions of the Family [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The death of an Iranian prisoner in police custody was determined to have been caused by beatings and poor prison conditions [MNA report] in the wake of the post-election turmoil [JURIST news archive], according to the semi-official Mehr News Agency Monday. Mohsen Rouhalamini, son of the adviser to defeated [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] rule preventing cable companies from controlling more than 30 percent of the US market. In a challenge brought by Comcast [corporate website], the [read more]

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