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Legal news from Tuesday, January 8, 2013
by Dan Taglioli

The former deputy president of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court on Tuesday announced that she has filed a lawsuit with the court challenging the legality of Egypt's controversial new constitution. Tahani el-Gebali is the only female judge to sit on the Constitutional Court, the country's highest court, and she was removed from her post [AP …

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by Daniel Mullen

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Tuesday called on the Nepal government to cooperate with an investigation into allegations leveled against Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama. Lama was arrested in the UK last week and is charged with two counts of torture during Nepal's civil war in 2005. The charges stem from …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Monday was ordered to release its files on child abuse by its employees with full disclosure on all subject matter, totaling nearly 30,000 pages of documents and more than 200 priests named in the allegations. Judge Emilie Elias of the Superior Court of Los Angeles held that …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday announced a settlement with the federal government to provide full separation payment to service members discharged under the controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy. The complaint, filed by the ACLU and the ACLU of New Mexico in 2010, did not …

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by Peter Snyder

Amnesty International (AI) called Monday for Egypt to release an Egyptian journalist facing a military trial in the country. Mohamed Sabry, a journalist and blogger, was arrested Friday by the country's military in the city of Rafah near the Egyptian-Gaza border. Sabry has been charged with trespassing and filming in a prohibited military zone. Under …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas ruled Monday that a challenge to a 2011 Kansas law prohibiting insurance companies from covering abortions will go to trial. The law in question prohibits comprehensive insurance plans from covering any abortion other than to save a woman's …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases on Monday. The first, Descamps v. United States, concerned whether Matthew Descamps' burglary conviction under California law can allow a conviction under federal burglary law, which had slightly different requirements than California's statute. Federal judges used the "modified categorical approach" and looked at a …

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