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Legal news from Friday, July 3, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

Iranian employees at the British Embassy in Iran will face trial over accusations they contributed to the political protests that followed Iran's recent disputed presidential election according to statements made Friday by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the head of Iran's Guardian Council for the Constitution. While Jannati did not state …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) urged Thursday that several one-time military and political leaders be prosecuted in a special Liberian court for war crimes. Those named include ex-president Charles Taylor, now on trial at The Hague, and Prince Y. Johnson, a senator elected in 2005. The commission made the …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Republican Governor Charlie Christ could not delay a decision on filling a vacancy in Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal in order to consider more diverse candidates. In November, Crist was provided a list candidates by the Judicial Nominating Commission …

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by Benjamin Hackman

Both Hamas and Israeli forces committed war crimes during fighting in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009, according to Amnesty International (AI). A report issued by Amnesty Thursday alleges that Israeli attacks killed 1,400 Palestinians, including 300 children. The report says Israel is bound by the international human rights treaties it has ratified, including …

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by Benjamin Hackman

Italy’s Senate voted 157-124 Thursday to pass a controversial law making illegal immigration a crime, punishable by a fine of between 5,000 and 10,000 euros. The law also increases from two months to six the amount of time law enforcement officials may detain suspected illegal immigrants before deporting them. Prime …

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