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Legal news from Wednesday, November 26, 2008
by Eric Firkel

Members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have killed Palestinian terror suspects in defiance of a 2006 Israeli Supreme Court ruling on targeted killings, according to Haaretz Wednesday. The 2006 ruling set up guidelines for targeted killings which include a direction that if possible, suspects should be arrested, and that "every …

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by Andrew Morgan

Russia's Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, voted 144-1 on Wednesday to approve amendments to the Russian Constitution that would extend presidential terms [Article 81(1) text] from four to six years and terms for members of the Duma [Article 96(1) text], or lower house, from four to five years. The Duma passed [JURIST …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Czech Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously that the European Union (EU) reform pact formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon is consistent with the Czech Constitution. Members of the Civic Democratic Party of Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek had asked the court to review the constitutional …

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by Devin Montgomery

Greenlanders have voted for increased autonomy from Denmark in a national referendum, according to results released Wednesday. The referendum's "Self Rule" plan gives Greenland natives control over the country's courts, police, and coast guard, and recognizes Greenlandic as the island's official language. The plan also gives the country more control …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Jamaican parliament on Tuesday voted 34-15, with 10 abstentions, to resume the use of the death penalty. Advocates for the measure cited the country's extremely high murder rate as justification for resuming executions. Opponents of the practice, including Jamaicans for Justice executive director Carolyn Gomes, have argued that the …

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by Safiya Boucaud

A Florida trial court judge on Tuesday ruled that a Florida statute preventing same-sex couples from adopting children is unconstitutional, allowing a Florida petitioner and his partner to adopt two children previously in his foster care. Judge Cindy Lederman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida found that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Moscow City Court on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's decision not to legally rehabilitate captured Polish officers executed in 1940 during the Katyn massacre, in which more than 20,000 Polish Army reservists, academics and politicians were killed in the Katyn Forest in present-day Belarus, as well as other locations. Lawyers for the victims plan to …

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by David Weber

Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned of possible war crimes being committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a new report released Tuesday. The rights group claims that since disputed 2006 elections, approximately 500 people have been killed by Congolese security forces, and about 1,000 more have been …

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