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Legal news from Wednesday, September 3, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

Judge Lucy Billings of the New York State Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday that challenged the decision made by New York Governor David Paterson to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. The lawsuit, brought by conservative Christian legal advocacy group Alliance Defense Fund, asked the …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Iran Tuesday to ban the use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders. The OHCHR statement comes as two Iranian men, identified by Reuters as Mohammad Fadaaee and Amir Amrollahi, are set to be executed for crimes committed …

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by Joe Shaulis

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is holding hearings this week in a border dispute between Romania and Ukraine over resource rights to the Black Sea. Oral arguments in the case began Tuesday, when Bogdan Aurescu, director general of Romania's Foreign Affairs Ministry, argued that the …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Iraqi government announced plans Wednesday to rebuild Abu Ghraib prison, where US military guards were photographed abusing Iraqi prisoners. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the Iraqi Cabinet had approved the Defense Ministry's proposal to reopen the prison west of Baghdad. US authorities emptied Abu Ghraib of its final 2,000 …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Defence of Human Rights Chairman Khalid Khawaja petitioned the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday to register abduction charges against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf and several other high-ranking officials from his administration. The petition alleges that the officials instituted false proceedings against Khawaja, leading to his abduction and detention without cause. …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a non-employee consultant may be held liable for misstatements or omissions in periodic financial reports filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The ruling affirms a district court decision granting summary judgment [SEC …

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by Joe Shaulis

US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released Arab activist Sami Al-Arian after five years in federal custody. The former University of South Florida (USF) computer science professor will remain under electronic monitoring pending trial on contempt charges for refusing to testify before grand juries that …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Mauritanian Parliament has elected eight of its members to a High Court set to try deposed President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi on corruption charges. Legislators chose four National Assembly members and four senators by secret ballot during a public session on Tuesday. The US State Department has stated it only recognizes Abdallahi's …

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