Legal news from Sunday, July 31, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a ruling by a federal district court that the Forsyth County, North Carolina, Board of Commissioners [official website] violated the First Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] by beginning its public meetings with sectarian prayer. … [read more]

[JURIST] Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that he is seeking approval of portions of the state's new election law in a federal court in Washington, DC. In June, Florida officials filed an application with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida [official website] has declared [order, PDF] the state's controlled-substances laws, which criminalize the "unknowing" possession of a controlled substance, unconstitutional. The decision, issued on Wednesday, stems from a petition for federal habeas corpus relief filed … [read more]

[JURIST] Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette [official website] on Friday appealed a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] overturning the state's affirmative action ban. Proposal 2 [text; JURIST news archive], an amendment to the Michigan Constitution [text, PDF], bans affirmative action in public … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled 2-1 [opinion, PDF] that patents held on two genes linked to hereditary ovarian and breast cancer are valid. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) [advocacy websites] originally filed [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] will be held at a police academy located on the outer border of Cairo, an Egyptian judge announced Saturday. Officials chose the new location for the added security [AP report], after reporting [JURIST report] Thursday … [read more]

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