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Legal news from Wednesday, July 16, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

The Arab League, African Union (AU) and others have criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor's Monday application  for an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Al-Bashir is facing charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for atrocities committed in …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Kurdish legislators staged a walkout of the Iraqi Parliament Tuesday, delaying a vote on a proposed provincial election bill that they say is unconstitutional. Kurdish lawmakers objected to an attached proposal that would establish a provincial council in Kirkuk to include equal numbers of Kurdish, Arabs and Turkmeni representatives. Kurds, who constitute the majority in …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, seeking to revoke the US citizenship of an alleged World War II Nazi militiaman. Peter Egner, 86, is accused of taking part in the killings of over 17,000 Serbs as a …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Malaysian authorities arrested opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim Wednesday afternoon, less than a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on sodomy allegations made against him by a former aide. According to a statement by a staff member, Anwar was stopped by police and taken to their headquarters …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US Congress enacted a new Medicare law on Tuesday to cut Medicare expenditures by reducing Medicare payments made to insurance companies rather than those made to doctors. President George W. Bush vetoed the bill, but the Senate overrode the veto by a vote of 70-26, while the House overrode it …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Seoul Central District Court Wednesday suspended a three-year prison sentence for former Samsung Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee, who was convicted of tax fraud. The court ruled that Lee should not serve prison time because he did not actively seek to avoid taxes, but many criticized the decision in a country where wealthy corporate …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Spanish Senate voted Wednesday to ratify the new EU reform treaty, also known as the Treaty of Lisbon. Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, congratulated Spain on its passage of the Treaty, thanking the country for its "unwavering support for …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Chinese office manager has become the first man to be imprisoned under a Chinese sexual harassment law passed in 2005, according to reports on Wednesday. Previous cases brought under the law have been settled through civil litigation. Women's rights advocates say that sexual harassment has long been a prevalent problem in China, but …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Tuesday to repeal a 1913 law which bars people from marrying in Massachusetts if their own state would not recognize such a union. The statute gained attention because it would have the effect of preventing most out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in Massachusetts. Proponents of same-sex marriage, including MassEquality.org [advocacy …

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by Devin Montgomery

Canada transferred US Army deserter Robin Long back to US custody Tuesday following a decision by the Federal Court of Canada denying his asylum request. Long is the first of an estimated 200 US military personnel avoiding deployment in Canada to be returned to the US. Last week the court allowed another soldier, Joshua Key, …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Lawyers for former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Wednesday filed an application for his parole from the Krasnokamensk penal colony in Siberia. Khodorkovsky headed the now-bankrupt OAO Yukos Oil Co. and was sent to prison by the Russian government in 2005 to serve an eight-year sentence for fraud and …

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by Nick Fiske

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a per curiam opinion Tuesday, finding by a vote of 5-4 that if the government's allegations against Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri are true, the President is empowered by Congress to hold al-Marri in a military prison without charge as …

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by Nick Fiske

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey on Tuesday struck down two municipal ordinances that prohibited convicted sex offenders (CSOs) from living near schools, parks, playgrounds and day care centers. The Appellate Division ruled that New Jersey's statewide sex offender registry program, known as Megan's Law, preempted the local …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday asked a judge at the US District Court for the District of Columbia to deny a motion by Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan to stay his trial, now scheduled to begin July 21. Hamdan's lawyers argued earlier …

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