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Legal news from Tuesday, September 8, 2009
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the state of New York has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) [text; materials] by segregating mentally ill New York City residents in private homes under poor [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The German Bundestag [official website, in German] approved a bill [text, PDF, in German] Tuesday that will allow Germany to ratify the EU reform treaty, known as the Lisbon Treaty [EU materials; text]. Although both houses of Germany's parliament had previously approved the treaty [JURIST report], the German Constitutional [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] announced Tuesday that international co-prosecutor William Smith [official profile] recommends investigating [press release] five more potential war criminals in what would be the court's final investigations. The announcement came a day after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] British officials met Tuesday with lawyers for victims of Irish Republican Army (IRA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] bombings in the 1980s and 90s to discuss seeking compensation from Libya. The meeting came after Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official website] said Sunday that that British government would support efforts to win compensation [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website, in Spanish] on Monday accepted the resignation [text] of Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora [official profile], a key player in Mexico's efforts against drug cartels and drug-related violence. Medina Mora will be replaced by the former attorney general of a northern Mexican state, [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The administration of US President Barack Obama [official website] has improved government transparency over the Bush administration, but there is more that should be done, according a report [text, PDF; press release, PDF] released Tuesday OpenTheGovernment.org [advocacy website], a coalition of public interest groups. The Secrecy Report Card 09 [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] on Sunday reiterated calls for the UN to establish an international tribunal to investigate and try suspects accused in the August 19 bombing of the foreign and finance ministries [BBC report] that left close to 100 dead. [read more]

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