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Legal news from Monday, September 8, 2008
by Joe Shaulis

The Moscow Prosecutor General's Office filed a motion Monday to ban the US animated series South Park, alleging it violates children's rights under international law. In a press release, the office said it was taking "measures to remove violations and prevent abuse of freedom of mass media" by Telekanal 2x2 …

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by Joe Shaulis

Attorneys representing the Georgian Republic appeared before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Monday seeking emergency orders to stop the alleged killing and mass displacement of citizens in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Georgia argued in opening statements that Russia is engaged in ethnic cleansing, …

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by Joe Shaulis

French politicians are criticizing a court's decision to postpone a Muslim suspect's trial on armed-robbery charges during the holy month of Ramadan [Beliefnet.com backgrounder], arguing that it violates France's constitutional separation of church and state. The Court of Assizes at Ille-et-Vilaine on Friday rescheduled the trial "in the interest of a proper administration of justice" after a defense attorney …

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by Joe Shaulis

US blogger and attorney Gopalan Nair appeared in the Singaporean Supreme Court Monday and pleaded not guilty to insulting a public servant. Nair is on trial for accusing a judge of "prostituting herself" in a defamation case brought by former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew against the …

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by Joe Shaulis

A French judge on Monday ordered the Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology (ASES - Celebrity Centre) to appear before the Paris Magistrates Court to face criminal charges. ASES has been unsuccessfully prosecuted in French courts before, and it along with an affiliated bookstore and seven church members must now …

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