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Legal news from Thursday, August 21, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Former Pakistan prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) head Nawaz Sharif has threatened to withdraw from the government if all of the judges ousted last year by President Pervez Musharraf are not reinstated by Friday, according to a report published Thursday. Lawyers' groups in the country have …

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by Devin Montgomery

] The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City announced on Thursday that it has agreed to pay $10 million to settle 47 sexual abuse claims against the church. The deal also required the church to publicly renounce the alleged behavior and to take additional steps to prevent future instances of abuse. Kansas City Bishop …

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by Abigail Salisbury

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced on Wednesday that his office is reviewing allegations that war crimes have been committed during the recent conflict over Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia. On Monday, Russian officials had expressed their intent to file a complaint against …

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by Abigail Salisbury

London's High Court on Thursday ruled that the UK Foreign Office must turn over evidence "essential" to the defense of Binyam Mohamed, the last British resident still detained at Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers representing Mohamed at his US military commission trial had appeared before the High Court in July, …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's grant of summary judgment to a Tennessee public high school in a lawsuit brought by three students who claimed the school's ban on wearing the Confederate flag violated their First Amendment, Equal Protection, and Due Process rights …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) announced on Wednesday that Iraq has signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Only a few of the world's major nations are not CTBT signatories. The US signed the CTBT in 1996, but has cited national security concerns as justification for withholding …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

A US district court judge ruled Wednesday that US Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) cannot transfer his corruption trial to Alaska from Washington, DC. Rejecting Stevens' argument that he needed to be in Alaska to campaign for re-election, US District Judge Emmet Sullivan said that the offense alleged in the indictment occurred in Washington and …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The Chicago Urban League (CUL) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit insisting that Illinois' current school funding scheme be declared unconstitutional in violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003. CUL challenges the state's method for raising and distributing education funds to local school districts, which it claims results in "constitutionally inadequate educational opportunities …

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