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Legal news from Monday, March 30, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

Advocacy group Human Rights Watch has called on the League of Arab States to urge Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to allow expelled foreign aid agencies back into the country, according to a letter released by HRW on Monday. Bashir took the action after …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Travelers Indemnity v. Bailey, where the Court will consider whether a bankruptcy court has jurisdiction to approve a third-party injunction provision in a plan of reorganization or related confirmation order. The cases arise from the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear oral arguments in the case of South Carolina v. North Carolina to decide whether additional parties may intervene in a lawsuit between two states, over which the Court has original jurisdiction. A special master recommended that three parties - the city …

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by Brian Jackson

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) began the substantive portion of the first trial of a former Khmer Rogue leader Monday when Kaing Guek Eav was brought before the court. Pretrial hearings against Kaing, also known as "Duch," began last month, but the substantive portion …

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by Benjamin Hackman

Greek authorities are not doing enough to ensure that the nation's police respect human rights, according to a Monday briefing from Amnesty International (AI) urging the government to investigate and address "long-standing problems of policing." AI said allegations of human-rights abuses, including torture, the use of excessive force, arbitrary detentions, and denial of …

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by Matt Glenn

A US Army sergeant was convicted Monday and sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing four unarmed Iraqi prisoners in 2007. Sgt. First Class Joseph Mayo, formerly of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry and two other soldiers were charged in September with shooting the four bound and blindfolded prisoners and …

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by Jay Carmella

The Supreme Court of Afghanistan decided Sunday to allow President Hamid Karzai to remain in office until this August's general election. Under the Afghanistan Constitution, Karzai's term in office expires May 21, but the court held that since the extension of the election until August for …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Thousands protested the proposed liberalization of Spain's abortion laws in Madrid on Sunday. The changes, proposed earlier this month, include allowing abortions up to week 14 of pregnancy for any reason and lowering the age required for an abortion from 18 to 16. These reforms are in sharp contrast with the current law, established in 1985, which …

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by Eszter Bardi

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a $50 million lawsuit against the US for the 1998 executive order authorizing a missile strike against a Sudan pharmaceutical plant issued by former president Bill Clinton. The three-judge panel made its decision on grounds that Clinton's order …

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