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Legal news from Wednesday, October 10, 2012
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday issued an order [text, PDF] temporarily staying an injunction [JURIST report] blocking Montana's campaign finance law. Montana's campaign finance law [MCA § 13-37-216] law limits the individual contributions to gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates to $500 [read more]

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[JURIST] The three-judge panel of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that South Carolina's new voter identification law [text] does not discriminate against racial minorities, allowing it to take effect next year. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] argued [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to 11 criminal charges [press release]. His charges include [Reuters report] taking hostages, providing material support to terrorist groups, including al Qaeda [JURIST news archive], and conspiring do such acts. He made his [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio officials filed an emergency appeal [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday seeking permission to close early voting three days prior to election day for everyone but overseas military personnel. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine [official websites] filed [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai court on Wednesday upheld a controversial law which imposes criminal sanctions for those deemed to have insulted the royal family. The Thai Constitutional Court [official website] decided unanimously that Article 112 [text] of the Criminal Code of Thailand fell within the limits of the nation's constitution [Bangkok [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday in X. v. Turkey that a gay man was detained in violation of Articles 3 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text]. A homosexual man filed a series of complaints during his [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The German Cabinet [official website] on Wednesday approved a draft law that would legalize circumcisions [JURIST news archive]. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court [official website, in German] ruling [JURIST report] that circumcision of minors for religious reasons is prohibited. Though the court's judgment was [read more]

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[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday freed one member of the controversial feminist rock collective Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] freed Yekaterina Samutsevich after accepting her argument [BBC report] that she had been removed from the cathedral so quickly that [read more]

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[JURIST] An Alaska Superior Court [official website] judge on Monday upheld a state law [HB 35 materials] that requires women under the age of 18 to notify their parents if they intend to get an abortion. Judge John Suddock held that the law is constitutional but struck down a provision [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two related cases [JURIST report] on Tuesday. In Tibbals v. Carter [transcript, PDF], the court considered the "right to competence" in habeas corpus cases and whether a federal district judge can order an indefinite stay of [read more]

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