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Legal news from Wednesday, December 20, 2006
by Alexis Unkovic

The Russian State Duma approved a draft law Wednesday that would permanently move the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation from its current location in Moscow to the city of St. Petersburg, the former Russian imperial capital. The Constitutional Court will nonetheless maintain a Moscow office "to ensure cooperation with the federal authorities," a provision …

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by Alexis Unkovic

An appeals court in Austria Wednesday ordered the release of British historian David Irving, who was sentenced to three years in jail in February for three counts of denying the Holocaust in two speeches he delivered in Austria 1989. Irving will serve out the rest of his sentence …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Ugandan officials said Wednesday that Joseph Kony, leader of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army, has expressed a willingness to face justice in Uganda rather than at the International Criminal Court. ICC prosecutors charged Kony and four LRA lieutenants last October with orchestrating the killing of thousands of civilians and the enslavement …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US District Judge David Lawson of the Eastern District of Michigan has ruled that the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University can delay until July 1, 2007 implementing Proposal 2, an amendment to the Michigan Constitution banning affirmative action in public employment, public education and state …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Judges on a US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit panel questioned how the Federal Communications Commission enforces indecency standards during oral arguments Wednesday in a challenge brought by the Fox television network. The FCC ruled that Fox violated indecency standards when two unscripted expletives were aired during the 2002 …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Mexican judge who last month ordered the arrest of former Mexican President Luis Echeverria did so after finding there was probable cause to believe that Echeverria ordered an attack on student protesters in 1968 while he was the country's Interior Minister, according to a Mexican court report obtained by El Universal. …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Thai Army Commander-in-Chief General Sonthi Boonyaratglin said Tuesday that martial law will remain in force in 35 of Thailand's 76 provinces. Martial law was imposed nationwide after the Thai military seized power from civilian prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup in September. The government approved a measure …

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by Kate Heneroty

The Cobb County School District on Tuesday agreed to remove anti-evolution stickers from its high school biology textbooks. In 2002, parents sued the suburban Atlanta school district claiming the stickers violated the separation between church and state by promoting religion in the classroom. In January 2005, a federal district court ordered the removal of …

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by Kate Heneroty

A court in the Netherlands has approved the extradition of a Dutch national to the United States to face trial for conspiring to participate in insurgent attacks on US troops in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2003. Wesam al Delaema will be the first person tried in a US federal court for …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Justice Department (DOJ) prosecutors tasked with investigating allegations that US civilians abused detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan have decided not to press charges in the bulk of the cases, according to the New York Times. Some 20 cases have been investigated by a team of prosecutors formed in 2004, but problems collecting forensic …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Iraqi authorities executed 13 convicted terrorists Tuesday after they were found guilty by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) of murder, rape and burning bodies. The CCCI has held 1,767 trials of insurgents since being re-organizing in 2004, leading to the conviction of 1,521 individuals with sentences ranging up to death. The Iraqi death penalty was restored [JURIST …

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