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Legal news from Wednesday, May 27, 2009
by Christian Ehret

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that he does not anticipate a filibuster against US Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Sessions addressed the Judiciary Committee's process, stressing the importance of Sotomayor understanding that "the proper role of a judge …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Spanish Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will accept a challenge accusing Audiencia Nacional Judge Baltasar Garzon of knowingly giving an unjust verdict or resolution. The decision comes as the result of a complaint filed by Manos Limpias, a union of …

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by Christian Ehret

The Constitutional Court of Moldova has upheld a recent law barring certain government officials from holding dual citizenship. The controversial law no. 273 was passed by the Communist Party in April 2008 and, among other provisions, requires citizens to relinquish foreign passports before taking a seat in parliament. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) …

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by Andrew Morgan

Former US solicitor general Ted Olson and prominent litigator David Boies announced Wednesday that they have filed suit challenging California's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, on federal constitutional grounds. The complaint, filed Friday in the US District Court for the Northern District of …

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by Christian Ehret

Mexican security forces arrested 27 government officials in Michoacan Tuesday on corruption charges related to the illegal drug trade. Those arrested include 10 mayors, the chief adviser to the Michoacan attorney general, the director of the Michoacan police academy, and the top public security aide to Governor Leonel Godoy [official profile, in …

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by Christian Ehret

A Tasmanian anti-discrimination court Wednesday upheld an Australian Red Cross policy to refuse blood donations from sexually active homosexual males. Petitioner Michael Cain tried to donate blood in 2004 but his offer was refused after he affirmatively answered an inquiry into whether he "had male-to-male sex" in the past 12 months. Cain challenged the …

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by Andrew Morgan

Tunisian Minister of Justice and Human Rights Bechir Tekkari announced Tuesday that the country is prepared to accept the return of 10 Tunisians currently detained at Guantanamo Bay. Tekkari said that Tunisia is capable of conducting fair trials and is "entirely happy to welcome and examine their penal …

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by Christian Ehret

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that recorded conversations between the brother of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, Robert Blagojevich, and Illinois Senator Roland Burris could be released to the US Senate Ethics Committee to be used in the committee's investigation into the appointment of Burris. The recordings, intercepted …

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by Eszter Bardi

Jordan should restore its rule of law by ending extrajudicial detentions of crime victims, personal enemies, and persons freed by the courts, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Per the 1954 Crime Prevention Law, which is currently in effect, government officials have the power to order administrative detentions on …

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by Brian Jackson

Nobel Laureate and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday told a Myanmar court that she did not violate the terms of her house arrest when an American man swam to her house. While Suu Kyi did not deny the fact that she allowed the man to stay after he swam to her …

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by Eszter Bardi

The Eastern High Court of Denmark ruled Tuesday that the Copenhagen counterculture group Christiana had not acquired permanent property rights to the abandoned Copenhagen navy base and that the Danish government was within its rights to cancel the group's use of the property. The court …

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by Brian Jackson

The Pentagon said Tuesday that it has evidence that confirms that 27 released Guantanamo Bay detainees have engaged in combat or terrorism against the US. The evidence, implicating five percent of ex-detainees, includes "fingerprints, DNA, and reliable, verified, or well-corroborated intelligence reporting." The five percent who have been confirmed is less than the fourteen percent of …

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