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Legal news from Friday, April 10, 2009
by Adrienne Lester

The US Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denied Friday the emergency stay of deportation filed by accused Nazi prison camp guard John Demjanjuk. In March, a Munich district court charged Demjanjuk with 29,000 counts of accessory to murder for his alleged involvement at the Sobibor concentration camp. …

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by Amelia Mathias

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday refused a petition for an en banc rehearing by former Ukranian prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko, who had been on trial for money laundering and embezzling, allowing several of his convictions to stand. In September, the appeals court vacated [opinion, …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

A New York state appeals court ruled Thursday that a same-sex partner lacks standing to assert parental rights over the biological child of her partner unless she has adopted the child. The ruling limits parental rights under NY Domestic Relations Law § 70 to biological or adoptive parents, following precedent set in the 1991 case of …

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by Eszter Bardi

Advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Uganda to end what it said was the use of torture and unlawful arrest  by the country's Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATT). According to HRW, JATT engaged in 106 documented cases of illegal or prolonged detentions between August 2008 and February 2009, and employed torture methods …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo announced Friday that he was suspending  the country's constitution, and revoking the appointment of all judicial officers, after the Fiji Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled  his appointment of military officer Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama as Prime Minister unconstitutional. Iloilo had appointed Baininmara following a 2006 coup, but the …

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by Brian Jackson

CIA director Leon Panetta on Thursday outlined new techniques to be employed by the agency in their detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists. The new policies include discontinuing the use of contractors to conduct interrogations and a renewal of the agency's pledge to comply with President Barack Obama's executive order to discontinue the …

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by Christian Ehret

The US has been slow to conduct habeas corpus hearings for Guantanamo Bay detainees despite a June 2008 US Supreme Court ruling in Boumediene v. Bush mandating prompt hearings, Amnesty International (AI) said in a Thursday report . The group said that since the ruling, only 12 detainees have received the hearings, …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Bolivian National Congress approved Thursday the general framework of the electoral law that the new Bolivian constitution mandated within 60 days of its adoption. Earlier Thursday, Bolivian President Evo Morales declared himself on hunger strike …

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