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Legal news from Tuesday, August 19, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that those placed on the government's "no-fly list" can challenge their inclusion on the list in federal district courts. The issue came before the court in a case brought by a woman on the list, in which a district court had ruled that it lacked …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has moved to replace the judges at his upcoming war crimes trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), according to documents released on Tuesday. Karadzic argues that presiding Judge Alphons Orie is biased against him because …

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by Devin Montgomery

US Senate Judiciary Committee leaders Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Monday, calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to postpone implementation of new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) guidelines until Congress has had a chance to review the changes. Opponents of the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) signed an agreement on Monday detailing the upcoming power transfer in Kosovo, which will mean new responsibilities for the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX). The memorandum covers EULEX's duties regarding judicial, policing and other operations. Serbia, which has vehemently opposed independence for Kosovo, denounced the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Russian officials on Monday confirmed that the nation will file a complaint against Georgia with the International Criminal Court (ICC) and said that the government is considering filing another complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The filings would be related to war crimes allegedly committed against ethnic Russians in the breakaway region of South Ossetia …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of California ruled Monday that gay and lesbian patients cannot be denied medical treatment because of doctors' religious beliefs. The issue came before the court in a case where a lesbian couple who were denied an artificial insemination procedure by a clinic claimed the refusal violated anti-discrimination provisions in California's Unruh Civil …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Pakistan's ruling coalition on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement on reinstating the judges who were ousted last year by President Pervez Musharraf. Officials had originally projected that a plan would be established Tuesday for restoring the judges within the next few days, and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) head Nawaz …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on Monday called on Russia to take action against growing instances of ethnic violence and Neo-Nazi activity within its borders. CERD said that Chechens, Roma, and other ethnic and religious minorities are the most common victims and noted allegations that Russian police frequently refuse to intervene to …

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by Devin Montgomery

The government of Peru on Monday instituted a state of emergency in the northern region of the country, banning public gatherings, limiting travel, and increasing police presence for 30 days. The measure comes in response to large protests held by indigenous groups who oppose a new law reducing the majority by which a tribe must agree …

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