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Legal news from Tuesday, October 13, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases. In South Carolina v. North Carolina, the Court heard arguments on whether additional parties may intervene in a lawsuit between two states, over which the Court has original jurisdiction. A special master …

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by Jay Carmella

The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic announced Tuesday that it will hold a public hearing on October 27 regarding a challenge to the country's signing of the European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon. The court will hear arguments against the treaty from …

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by Jay Carmella

The Constitutional Court of Gabon upheld on Monday the presidential election victory of Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba. Bongo, former minister of defence and foreign affairs and of son of long-time Gabonese president Omar Bongo, received over 40 percent of the vote, but was accused of fraud by his challengers. The court …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Peruvian Catholic Bishops Conference (CEP) on Monday strongly condemned a proposed law that would legalize abortion in cases of rape or fetal deformity. The CEP's statement called the proposed legislation "arbitrary," labeling it "not just a matter of religion but of ethics, dignity, human rights and civilization." According to the CEP:So …

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by Safiya Boucaud

One of the two Afghans on the UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) resigned on Monday, citing "foreign interference." The panel is tasked with investigating the allegations of fraud surrounding the disputed August presidential elections. Maulavi Mustafa Barakzai's resignation has raised doubt about the commission's work and has generated allegations that the resignation was influenced …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in four cases, including the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. In Skilling v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the federal honest services fraud statute [18 USC § 1346 text] requires the government …

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by Safiya Boucaud

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George on Saturday criticized California's voter initiative process, which gives Californians the right to initiate or make new laws via the ballot box. In a speech to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, George said the process, which effectively allows voters to bypass the …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A Pakistani court on Monday dismissed charges against Islamic cleric Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder and leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an Islamic group suspected of playing a key role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. A two-judge panel of the Lahore High Court dismissed the charges, which included using language …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Uruguayan Parliament on Monday unanimously approved legislation that provides rules for individuals seeking to change their gender identity. The bill, which was approved by Uruguay's Senate on Monday, had been approved by the House of Representatives last month. The legislation allows [El …

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by Matt Glenn

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas proposed Monday that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) reconvene to vote to endorse the findings of a report by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, which criticized Israel's role in last winter's Operation Cast Lead. Abbas's …

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