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Legal news from Tuesday, March 17, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday hailed a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit not to revisit an earlier decision requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to disclose photographs of alleged detainee abuse. The Bush administration filed a request for rehearing either by panel …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The appellate chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday partially reversed the conviction and reduced the sentence of former Bosnian Serb parliamentary leader Momcilo Krajisnik from 27 to 20 years. Krajisnik was initially convicted in 2006 on …

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by Brian Jackson

The Vermont State Legislature on Monday began a series of week-long hearings on a bill [S.0115 text, PDF] that would allow same-sex marriage in the state. The bill, "An Act to Protect Religious Freedom and Promote Equality in Civil Marriage," sponsored by Vermont State Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin and State Senators John …

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by Jay Carmella

Chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia  Royce Lamberth criticized the US Senate on Monday for politicizing the federal judicial confirmation process. Lamberth accused both political parties of causing harm to the federal judiciary by delaying the confirmation of federal appointees based on the clients they have …

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by Adrienne Lester

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea  Vitit Muntarbhorn said Monday that he found there to be a "broad range of egregious human rights violations" in the country. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, he criticized the country for using access to food as a method of controlling its population and …

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by Jay Carmella

Top officials from the Obama administration met with leaders from the European Union (EU) Monday to discuss plans to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to European countries. US Attorney General Eric Holder met with the delegation headed by European Justice and Security Commissioner Jacques Barrot and Czech …

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by Amelia Mathias

The Greek government announced Monday that it will seek to overhaul its police force in the wake of the December riots and last week's vandalism. The Greek Interior Ministry has enlisted the help of British police in order to streamline the Greek police force and make it more effective. …

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by Eszter Bardi

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld the constitutionality of a Texas law mandating daily observance of a minute of silence in public schools. The three-judge panel affirmed the ruling of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas that deemed constitutional the 2003 amendments to § 25.0821 …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Computer chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) revealed Monday in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that rival chip designer Intel Corp. is threatening to cancel licenses granted to AMD in a joint venture between the two firms. Intel has alleged in correspondence with AMD that AMD is …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement on Monday welcomed the reinstatement of Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, hailing the move as a major victory. Lawyers' movement supporters rallied at Chaudhry's home Monday, where the Chief Justice thanked the crowds for their support in the fight …

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