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Legal news from Thursday, September 10, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Czech lawmakers have agreed to amend the country's constitution to allow parliamentary elections to take place in November, as the Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the scheduled October elections violate the constitution. Last week, the court delayed the elections, planned for October 9 and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Japan continues to execute mentally ill prisoners despite a criminal code provision outlawing the practice, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI). According to the report, while the exact number of prisoners with mental illnesses on death row is unknown, the Japanese government continuously executes prisoners with …

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by Brian Jackson

Three Chinese Uighur Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay since 2001 have agreed to be relocated to Palau, their lawyers told the Associated Press Wednesday. The detainees have been cleared for transfer since District Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered their release from Guantanamo last October, but difficulties in finding an appropriate place to relocate …

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by Brian Jackson

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Wednesday that he would begin investigating claims of war crimes by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) soldiers in Afghanistan. In a briefing, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said that in addition to investigations of possible NATO crimes, the ICC would also begin looking into possible atrocities …

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by Christian Ehret

Two former Pennsylvania judges were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on 48 counts in connection with alleged illegal actions to benefit private juvenile detention facilities. The charges against Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella, Jr. include racketeering, fraud, extortion, and money laundering for allegedly accepting at least $2,819,500 in illegal payments in return for making decisions …

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by Ximena Marinero

Spanish National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon testified Wednesday before the Criminal Law Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court in response to accusations that he exceeded his authority when he launched an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco despite a 1977 amnesty law. Garzon abstained from responding to …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Uruguayan Senate voted 17-6 to approve a law legalizing adoption by same sex couples. The new law will permit adoptions by couples in both marriages and civil unions after four years of cohabitation. The bill includes other reforms to the Childhood and Adolescence Code, which governs …

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