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Legal news from Tuesday, September 8, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled Tuesday that the state of New York has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by segregating mentally ill New York City residents in private homes under poor conditions. Disability Advocates, Inc. (DAI) brought the suit …

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by Matt Glenn

The German Bundestag approved a bill Tuesday that will allow Germany to ratify the EU reform treaty, known as the Lisbon Treaty. Although both houses of Germany's parliament had previously approved the treaty, the German Constitutional Court ruled in June that …

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by Matt Glenn

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced Tuesday that international co-prosecutor William Smith recommends investigating 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 hope that the Court would cease to prosecute …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

British officials met Tuesday with lawyers for victims of Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombings in the 1980s and 90s to discuss seeking compensation from Libya. The meeting came after Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Sunday that that British government would support efforts to win compensation from the Libyan government, which is accused of …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora, 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, Arturo Chavez. In his address to the media, Calderon said:Mr. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The administration of US President Barack Obama has improved government transparency over the Bush administration, but there is more that should be done, according a report released Tuesday OpenTheGovernment.org, a coalition of public interest groups. The Secrecy Report Card 09 provides a non-quantitative overview of the first six months of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki 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 that left close to 100 dead. Meeting with the US envoy in Iraq, al-Maliki also described …

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