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Legal news from Saturday, May 31, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

A Croatian district court judged convicted a retired Croatian general of war crimes Friday for failing to prevent his soldiers from torturing and killing Serbs and destroying their property during the Croatian War of Independence. Retired Gen. Mirko Norac knew that his soldiers were torturing and killing people and destroying property, but was held to have …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Rwandan justice officials Friday criticized a decision by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) denying a motion to transfer an accused genocide leader to the Rwandan court system for trial. An ICTR panel in Tanzania Wednesday denied prosecutors' request to transfer former businessman Yussuf Munyakazi to the Rwandan justice …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US and Libya have agreed to find a way to speed compensation for families of Americans who were killed by acts of terrorism authorized by the Libyan government, both countries said in a statement issued by the US State Department Friday. Meeting in London earlier this week, "oth parties affirmed their desire to work together …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Ten US state attorneys general have petitioned the Supreme Court of California to postpone implementation of its May 15 decision legalizing same-sex marriages until after state elections in November. California is slated to allow all same-sex couples, regardless of state citizenship, to wed in California, but each of the 10 petitioning …

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by Steve Czajkowski

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday defended the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in the face of a resolution by the Icelandic parliament calling for the prison's closure. At a news conference in Reykjavik with Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladottir, Iceland´s Minister for Foreign …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Friday that a major provision in the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is constitutional. The court's decision in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Gonzales upheld the validity of Section 5 …

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