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Legal news from Tuesday, August 18, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

As Justice Sonia Sotomayor takes a seat on the US Supreme Court - the first Hispanic and only the third woman to do so - the federal judiciary as a whole continues to be heavily dominated by white males, according to a new report released by the Brookings Institution. As of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acknowledged Monday that 11 deaths in immigration detention had gone unreported. ICE added 10 names to the official roster of immigration detainee fatalities and acknowledged an eleventh death that occurred last week. The revelation of the additional deaths came in response to an American …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The specially-established Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission on Monday awarded damages "resulting from violations of international law" that occurred during the nations' 1998-2000 border war. The five-person panel established under the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague awarded USD $174,036,520 to Ethiopia and $161,455,000 to Eritrea, not including an additional $2,065,865 …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Department of State (DOS) on Monday announced that it has sent a report to Congress that gives a favorable opinion of Mexico's recent human rights record, paving the way for US aid to the country. The report outlines Mexico's progress in addressing a variety of human rights issues as part of the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Credit Suisse broker Eric Butler was convicted Monday of multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. His co-defendant Julian Tzolov pleaded guilty last month and testified against Butler. Butler and Tzolov are accused of defrauding clients out of more …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Scottish High Court of the Judiciary on Tuesday accepted a request from convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi to withdraw a pending appeal to his 2001 conviction. The court's decision to drop the appeal removes an impediment to Megrahi's petition to serve the remainder of his sentence …

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by Brian Jackson

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a confidential ruling last week denying a habeas corpus petition by Guantanamo Bay detainee Adham Mohammed Ali Awad, the Miami Herald reported Monday. Yemeni native Ali Awad was detained following a skirmish and standoff outside a hospital in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the execution of death row inmate Jason Getsy. The Court also declined Getsy's petition for review. This was the first decision for newly sworn in Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who would have stayed the execution, along with Justices John Paul Stevens, …

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by Brian Jackson

A Swiss court has denied an appeal by the family of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier to claim money hidden in Swiss banks by Duvalier while he led the island nation. The family's claim was rejected by the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland, because the family could not prove that the money had …

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by Andrew Morgan

Niger's opposition parties on Monday announced that they would resist any effort to implement a new constitution expanding executive powers, which was approved by Nigerien voters earlier this month and validated by the country's Constitutional Court on Friday. Human rights activist Abdul Kamardine said that "civil societies are joining hands with …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Honduran Interim Deputy Foreign Minister Martha Alvarado said Monday that she expects a biased report from the international panel that arrived Monday to investigate alleged human rights abuses. A delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH), which is part of the Organization of American States (OAS), arrived in the Honduran capital of Tegucigulpa Monday to …

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by Andrew Morgan

An international coalition of human rights advocates have urged UN member nations to support a "competitive, genuinely-contested and principled electoral process" for future seats on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In a letter sent Thursday to members of the General Assembly, 74 human rights groups including Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI) and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced the indictment of three men accused of perpetrating the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted in the US. Albert Gonzales and two unidentified Russian hackers are accused of stealing more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers by hacking into computer …

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