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Legal news from Wednesday, June 4, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction on Tuesday, continuing to block Arizona's strict new abortion law from taking effect until the lawsuit challenging it is resolved. Federal judge William Fletcher, writing for the court, found that the State had failed to demonstrate that Planned …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice will revive a formerly defunct task force to combat domestic terrorism. The task force, called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, was originally formed following the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 but was shut down following the September 11, 2001 terrorist …

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by Addison Morris

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on Chinese authorities Tuesday to release activists that have been detained for "creating a disturbance" by discussing the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Pillay urged China to relax the anniversary-related restrictions placed on the media, encouraging the country to instead "facilitate dialogue and …

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by Addison Morris

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Monday approved the war crimes trial of Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former leader of al Qaeda's army between 2002 and 2004. The former CIA captive has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2007. The official charge sheet alleges, among other things, that …

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by Ann Schober

The Spanish government on Tuesday approved a draft constitutional law that will facilitate the abdication of King Juan Carlos I. Spain's Council of Ministers submitted the proposed law to parliament, requesting that the House and Senate vote quickly on whether to make the draft part of the constitution. The King had submitted official notice to Spain's president …

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