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Legal news from Monday, October 1, 2012
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Sunday signed [press release] a bill [AB 2189, PDF] that will allow some illegal immigrants who came to the US as children to obtain state drivers licenses. Specifically, the legislation will amend the state's driver's license regulations to make hundreds of thousands [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Bahrain Court of Cassation on Monday upheld jail sentences [BNA report] issued to nine medics convicted for their involvement in Bahrain's pro-democracy uprising in February and March of 2011, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) [official website] reported. According to BNA, the medics were working at Salmaniya Medical Complex [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed [JURIST news archive] on Monday violated a court-ordered travel ban when he left the capital city of Male on what was supposed to be the first day of his now-postponed trial for abuse of power. In anticipation of the Monday proceedings the Hulhumale Magistrate [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Monday delayed an appellate hearing for three members of the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] after band member Ekaterina Samutsevich unexpectedly fired her lawyer. The move led prosecutors to accuse the defense [RIA Novosti report] of causing deliberate delays. [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Saturday signed into law [press release] a bill [SB 1172; Senate backgrounder, PDF] that bans therapy intended to change the sexual orientation of minors. California is the first state to pass a law banning this type of therapy. The bill was supported [read more]

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