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Legal news from Monday, March 16, 2009
by Eszter Bardi

 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) characterized CIA tactics used against terrorism suspects as constituting torture in a confidential 2007 report, according an article published in the New York Review of Books earlier this month. Author Mark Danner wrote that he was able to obtain a copy of the report, originally intended for CIA …

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by Ingrid Burke

Wireless communications company Qualcomm announced Monday that the US District Court for the Southern District of California has dismissed a lawsuit against it by longtime corporate rival Broadcom asking the court to declare several Qualcomm patents exhausted and unenforceable. In the order issued Thursday, Judge William Hayes held that …

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by Benjamin Hackman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a radio interview Sunday that the German government must more strictly enforce its gun-control laws. Merkel's comments came less than a week after 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer shot and killed 16 people in southern Germany. Authorities believe Kretschmer obtained the gun he used in the shooting from …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani announced Monday that the government will reinstate deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in response to recent protests by members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement and opposition politicians and supporters. In a televised address, Gilani announced that Chaudhry and other deposed judges …

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by Jay Carmella

The number of immigrants detained by the US has drastically increased over the last decade, according to an AP report issued Sunday. A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) database, obtain by the AP through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 USC § 552; JURIST news archive], indicates that on January 25, …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

A group of 16 human rights investigators and judges "shocked to the core" by the events during the most recent Gaza conflict have called for a full investigation of possible violations of the Geneva Conventions in an open letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon …

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