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Legal news from Friday, October 2, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday released a detailed judgment to accompany a July declaration that former president Pervez Musharraf violated the Constitution of Pakistan when he declared emergency rule in November 2007. The court found in July that Musharraf's removal [JURIST …

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by Andrew Morgan

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that Russia intefered with the freedom of religion by refusing to register two Scientology groups as "religious organizations." Russian authorities had rejected attempts by Scientologist branches in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk to register because they did not meet the Article 8 requirement of Russia's Religious Act …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Irish voters went to the polls for a second time Friday to vote on the European Union (EU) reform treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty. Irish voters previously rejected the treaty, and Ireland agreed in June to hold a second referendum after EU leaders agreed to certain concessions, including legal …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 258-163 to approve a non-binding motion to instruct conferees to prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the US for any reason, including prosecution and incarceration. The motion, introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), instructs House conference committee members …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Myanmar court on Friday upheld a sentence of house arrest imposed on opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi was convicted in August of violating state security laws and sentenced to an additional 18 months of house arrest for allowing American John Yettaw to stay in her home after …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Prominent Zimbabwean rights activist Jestina Mukoko and eight others have sued the government for abduction, wrongful arrest, and torture, their lawyer said Thursday. The suit comes after Zimbabwe's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed charges of conspiring against President Robert Mugabe, an allegation that Mukoko has vehemently denied. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Argentine judge on Thursday charged former president and current senator Carlos Menem for allegedly covering up evidence related to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Menem, born in Argentina to Syrian immigrants, is accused of covering up the alleged involvement of Syrian-Argentine businessman Alberto Kanoore …

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by Brian Jackson

Judge Tena Callahan of the 302nd Family District Court in Texas ruled Thursday that her Dallas family court has jurisdiction to hear the divorce proceedings of a Texas same-sex couple who were married in Massachusetts in 2006. In her ruling, Callahan also said that the Texas ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection …

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by Brian Jackson

US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order making it illegal for federal employees or government contractors to use text messaging while driving. The order encompasses employee use of government owned or leased cars, as well as privately owned cars used for government business. The order also bans use of government-issued devices for texting while operating …

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