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Legal news from Monday, May 21, 2012
14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell [official website] on Friday signed [press release] Virginia's new voter ID legislation [materials] which will require voters to show one form of acceptable identification in order to cast a vote. In addition to signing the bill, the governor issued an executive order [text, PDF] directing [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The city of Buenos Aires passed a resolution [press release, in Spanish] Friday that will recognize same-sex marriages [JURIST backgrounder] for non-citizens, making it the fourth district in Argentina to legalize such marriages. The new law allows tourists and other foreigners to exercise the same marriage rights afforded to [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Alabama Governor Robert Bentley [official website] on Friday signed [press release] a bill [HB 658 text] designed to "simplify and clarify" the state's tough immigration law [HB 56, PDF]. The move came one day after Bentley called a special legislative session [JURIST report] to discuss changes to the bill. [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether plaintiffs have standing to challenge a federal eavesdropping law. The plaintiffs, including attorneys, journalists and rights organizations, facially challenged [JURIST report] Section 702 of [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was freed from prison Monday after being pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Fonseka, who is credited with bringing an end to the 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian], the country's highest appeals court, on Friday upheld a ruling clearing former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of fraud and embezzlement charges relating to his commercial broadcast company, Mediaset. Prosecutors in Milan had appealed after a [read more]

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