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Legal news from Monday, June 15, 2009
by Christian Ehret

The Council of the European Union and the US jointly released a statement Monday outlining the terms of agreement for EU countries planning to accept Guantanamo Bay detainees. Affirming that the US is primarily responsible for the closure of the detention facility and finding residences for former detainees, the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a challenge to the construction of a fence along the US-Mexico border. The Court denied certiorari in County of El Paso, Texas v. Napolitano [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which it was asked to consider whether the grant of …

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by Christian Ehret

Former spokeswoman for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Florence Hartmann went on trial Monday to face accusations of contempt for allegedly publishing details of tribunal proceedings. Hartmann is specifically charged with contempt of the tribunal in violation of procedural Rule 77(A)(ii) for …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) ruled Monday that former Khmer Rogue leader Kaing Guek Eav, also known as "Duch," has been detained unlawfully for the past 10 years, but denied a defense request for his release. The defense had requested the release for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court issued opinions in two cases Monday. The Court ruled 7-2 in Polar Tankers v. City of Valdez that a municipal tax that falls exclusively on large vessels in the city’s harbor violates the Tonnage Clause (Art 1 § 10 cl 3) of the …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in four cases. In United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will decide on the requirements for discharging student loan debt via bankruptcy proceedings. Specifically at issue is whether such a bankruptcy discharge can be obtained without …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The government of Yemen denied Sunday that it had reached an agreement with the US to transfer nearly 100 Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainees to Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation. According to a statement from the Yemen Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Yemeni government is still negotiating with the US to return the detainees to Yemen [Yemen Observer …

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by Christian Ehret

Prominent Vietnamese pro-democracy lawyer Le Cong Dinh was arrested Saturday by Vietnam forces for allegedly conspiring against the government, according to state media. Dinh was charged with "colluding with foreign reactionaries to sabotage the Vietnamese State," in violation of Article 88 of the Vietnamese penal code, for the alleged distribution of anti-government documents. The penal …

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