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Legal news from Thursday, January 3, 2013
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano [official profile] announced a new rule [text] Wednesday which will make easier for undocumented immigrants to become citizens if they have an immediate relative who is an American citizen. Under existing law [press release], immediate relatives of US citizens who have been [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website; JURIST news archive] signed [press release] the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) [text, PDF] into law on Thursday. The bill, which authorizes appropriations for military activities for 2013, expressly prohibits using funds to transfer individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] on Thursday ruled that the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake were unlawful. The court held that the parliamentary committee does not have the authority [Reuters report] to investigate or proceed with the impeachment of a senior judge; these tasks [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday denied [opinion, PDF] a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text, PDF] request for disclosure of tactics used by the US to assassinate suspected terrorists. The request had been filed by American [read more]

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