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Legal news from Thursday, July 2, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

The Delhi High Court on Thursday decriminalized homosexual conduct by declaring India's anti-sodomy law unconstitutional. In a petition originally filed and rejected by the court in 2004, the Naz Foundation challenged the applicability of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial-era law that punishes "carnal intercourse against …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A federal judge on Thursday set a trial date for terrorism suspect and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani of September 13, 2010. Ghailani, the first Guantanamo detainee to be transferred to the US for a civilian trial, faces charges for his alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of …

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by Andrew Morgan

A British appellate court on Thursday recognized a pre-nuptial agreement for the first time in the UK, where they have been generally disregarded by courts hearing divorce proceedings. The UK Court of Appeal of England and Wales overturned a lower court ruling that awarded £5.8 million to the ex-husband of German heiress Katrin Radmacher despite …

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by Andrew Morgan

The political parties that make up Germany's coalition government agreed Wednesday on a proposal to set aside all Nazi-era treason verdicts. The Socialist Democrats (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to draft a law bypassing the current system, in which treason convictions must be considered on an …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on Wednesday issued inspection notices to 652 businesses in an increased effort to target employers that use illegal labor. ICE notified selected employers that they would be auditing their I-9 employee eligibility forms, which employers are required to file and retain for each employee. Assistant Secretary …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to refile indictments on more serious charges against a soldier and an officer accused of shooting a blindfolded prisoner with a rubber bullet. Human rights groups B'Tselem, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Iranian government on Wednesday prevented the publishing of the opposition Etemad-e-Melli newspaper in its latest move to quash anti-government reporting in the country. International journalists in the country have also been ordered to stay indoors. The newspaper was linked to opposition candidate Mehdi Karroubi. …

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