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Legal news from Thursday, October 7, 2010
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The French Constitutional Council [official website, in French] ruled [judgment, PDF; in French; press release, in French] Thursday that a bill [materials, in French] making it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive], niqab or other full face veils in public, conforms with the Constitution. Under the [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] Secretary Janet Napolitano [official profile] and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] Director John Morton [official profile] announced Wednesday that the US government has deported a record number of illegal immigrants [news release] during 2010. About half of the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday challenging a South Carolina detention center rule that bans all books, including magazines and newspapers, from being sent to prisoners. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Prison Legal News [advocacy website] against [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday against the US military alleging that he was subjected to torture. Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Ginco, a Syrian national who prefers the surname Janko, filed suit in the US District Court for the District [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) [official website] and other participating countries on Wednesday released a draft [text, PDF] of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) [USTR backgrounder], an international pact to defend intellectual property rights from counterfeit and piracy. The draft was released after three years [JURIST [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Hungarian police on Wednesday initiated a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Ajka chemical spill [CNN backgrounder] to determine whether to bring charges against the plant owners for criminal negligence. The spill occurred Monday, releasing more than 20 million cubic feet of chemical waste [BBC report], causing four [read more]

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