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Legal news from Thursday, October 15, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US House of Representatives voted 307-114 Thursday to approve legislation that would allow Guantanamo Bay detainees to be transferred to US soil for prosecution. The measure was part of a $42.7 billion spending bill for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The legislation would …

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by Brian Jackson

Two of the victims of Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff sued the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in federal court on Wednesday, seeking $2.4 million in damages. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that the SEC owed a …

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by Brian Jackson

A court in China sentenced six individuals to death on Thursday for their part in the July riots in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang province. The convictions stemmed from assaults that resulted in the deaths of at least four people and damage to property estimated at over 1.6 million yuan. In addition to the six individuals …

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by Andrew Morgan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday reiterated her support for the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. In a statement to the 12th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on human rights violations in the Occupied …

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by Andrew Morgan

The trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced on Wednesday that the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will begin on October 26. Karadzic will stand trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity after the ICTY Appeals Chamber rejected …

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by Christian Ehret

Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications announced Wednesday that broadband Internet access would become a legal right for all citizens. Becoming the first country to institute such a policy, the agency declared that Internet providers must afford everyone a connection that is at least one megabyte per second. Communications Minister Suvi …

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by Christian Ehret

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a case challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage. Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the US District Court for the Northern District of California said that a trial is needed to determine issues regarding the level of constitutional protection afforded to same-sex couples and the state's …

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by Ximena Marinero

Chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno Ocampo confirmed Wednesday that the Guinean military is under preliminary investigation for the September 28 incident at a Conakry pro-democracy rally in which soldiers allegedly opened fire, killing more than 150 civilians and wounding more than 1,200. Ocampo's preliminary investigation will …

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by Ximena Marinero

Chilean Subsecretary of the Interior Patricio Rosende announced Tuesday that Chile will use a 1984 antiterrorism law to prosecute indigenous Mapuches for attacks allegedly committed in the southern region of Araucania. The Chilean government has declared that it will apply the measure to criminals regardless of their …

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