Legal news from Tuesday, March 6, 2012

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website], in a speech [transcript] Monday, framed the Obama administration's policy toward the targeted killing [JURIST news archive] of US citizens abroad who are members of al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Holder's comments also addressed the success of the federal courts and revised military … [read more]

[JURIST] The Georgia State Senate [official website] passed a bill [SB 485, materials] Monday that would ban illegal immigrants from state colleges and universities. The bill was approved with a 34-19 vote [roll call vote]. According to the bill's sponsor, Senator Larry Loudermilk (R), it is not about education [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] ruled [opinion] Friday that a portion of Maryland's handgun permit law is unconstitutional because it violates the Second Amendment [text]. Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that the law limited individuals' rights to obtaining a permit … [read more]

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] on Tuesday convicted financier Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of orchestrating a $7 billion Ponzi scheme affecting investors in both the US and Latin America. Stanford was convicted on 13 … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya [official website] on Monday outlined the risks and challenges faced by human rights journalists and media workers [press release], and called for additional protection of those workers. The report [text] indicated that, "journalists and media workers active on human rights issues were subject to … [read more]

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