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Legal news from Monday, March 23, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

The Singapore Parliament amended the Films Act Monday to allow for the broadcast of certain types of previously banned films featuring politicians or political parties. The amendment will allow political events to be recorded live and will permit documentaries and biographies of political figures as long as they are factual and objective. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Yeager v. United States, in which the Court will consider whether a criminal defendant can face new prosecution for counts on which a jury did not reach a verdict but that are related to other counts of …

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by Ingrid Burke

Advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights - Israel (PHR) Monday criticized  the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) for allegedly violating its own code of ethics and general principles of human rights by impeding the treatment those needing medical care during Israel's recent Gaza offensive. In a new report the group accused …

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by Matt Glenn

The White House will soon make publicly available three internal memos from the Bush administration detailing aggressive interrogation techniques used against alleged top al Qaeda operatives, Newsweek reported Saturday. These so-called "torture memos" reportedly legally justify a number of interrogation techniques that some say amount to torture. The White House has decided …

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by Jay Carmella

The trial of the only captured gunman in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, began on Monday. Kasab appeared before specially appointed judge M.L. Tahiliyani at the Bombay High Court via video conferencing from prison. Kasab confirmed during questioning from Tahiliyani that he …

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by Benjamin Hackman

US President Barack Obama reiterated his position that US policies governing the detention and interrogation of Guantanamo Bay detainees should comport with due process and international law requirements in a Sunday interview  with 60 Minutes. Obama said that polices of the former Bush administration, which gave less deference to these norms, did not effectively help …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The peace process in Nepal could be hampered by "impunity for human rights abuses", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Sunday. At a Kathmandu news conference concluding her five-day visit to Nepal, Pillay cited abuses including the failure of Nepal's commissions on disappearances and …

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by Eszter Bardi

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday upheld as procedural three rules promulgated by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that significantly alter the patent application process, overturning a fourth rule. The four rules, which would have retroactively limited the number of claims that can be included in …

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