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Legal news from Friday, May 7, 2010
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment text] Friday that journalists do not have an automatic right to shield their sources and that decisions on who is entitled to remain anonymous will be made on a case by case basis. The ruling upholds an order requiring a former [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday rejected [opinion, PDF] an attempt to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the presidential oath. The challenge was brought by atheist Michael Newdow [JURIST news archive] and several other groups, who claimed [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish Grand National Assembly [official website, in Turkish] on Friday approved a series of constitutional amendments [text, in Turkish] which had been proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [official website, in Turkish]. Changes in the reform package include an overhaul of the Constitutional Court, changes [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Lithuanian Supreme Administration Court ruled Friday that the nation's first gay pride parade may proceed as scheduled, overturning a lower court's decision to ban the parade. The lower court imposed the ban last week citing safety concerns for the participants due to fear of violent protesters. The appeals [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan Attorney General Amos Wako [official profile] on Thursday published the country's draft constitution [text, PDF], which proposes more balance of power in the government. President Mwai Kibaki [official profile], Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka have all supported the proposed constitution [Daily Nation report] and [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A UN official on Thursday urged the US and Canada to respect international convention [UN News Centre report] and release Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] into Canadian custody. UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy [official profile] said that releasing Khadr, [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Virginia military jury on Thursday acquitted US Navy SEAL [official website] Matthew McCabe on charges of assaulting a high-profile Iraqi detainee. Petty Officer 2nd Class McCabe was accused of punching Ahmed Hashim Abed, implicated in the killing of four American contractors in Fallujah [JURIST new archive] in 2004. [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A group of US lawmakers introduced a bill [press release] Thursday that would strip US citizenship rights from those suspected of engaging in terrorism [JURIST news archive]. The Terrorist Expatriation Act (TEA) [text, PDF; summary, PDF], introduced by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) and Representatives Jason [read more]

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