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Legal news from Thursday, October 29, 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled the House health care reform bill at an event on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning. The $894 billion health care package, a combination of similar bills passed by House committees over the summer, would provide insurance to 36 million more people, extending coverage to nearly …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Superior Court of Quebec on Thursday sentenced Rwandan Hutu Desire Munyaneza to life imprisonment with eligibility for parole after 25 years for war crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Munyaneza was convicted in May on seven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes under Canada's Crimes …

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by Dwyer Arce

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for an investigation into alleged human rights abuses perpetrated by the Guinean military junta during the September 28 incidents at Conakry. Vietnamese Ambassador Le Luong Minh, whose country currently holds the Security Council presidency, released the statement on behalf of the body:The Security Council …

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by Steve Dotterer

Zimbabwe deported UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak Thursday, citing concerns over a meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders in the capital city of Harare. Nowak was detained Wednesday evening and placed on a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, the following morning. Nowak later expressed anger at …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) arrested three former Bosnian Serb policemen on Thursday on genocide charges related to the Srebrenica massacre. Dusko Jevic, Zoran Ilic, and Mendeljev Djuric were arrested in the northeastern town of Bijeljina after an investigation by the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutor’s …

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by Brian Jackson

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday announced an international criminal treaty with the European Union (EU) that will greatly increase cooperation between the two governments. Among the provisions in the "Washington Statement," or "Washington Declaration," was continued cooperation in fighting the trafficking of humans and illegal drugs. One of the more controversial aspects of …

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by Daniel Makosky

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Larry Langford on multiple bribery charges. Langford was accused of directing $7.1 million in bond business to a friend in exchange for money and luxury goods while serving as president of the Jefferson County Commission. Following six days of testimony, the jury …

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by Megan McKee

The Paris Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to hear an embezzlement case brought by the anti-corruption group Transparency International (TI) against the late president of Gabon, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the president of Equatorial Guinea. The complaint accused the late Omar Bongo of Gabon, Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the …

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by Christian Ehret

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010 into law, which allows for Guantanamo Bay detainees to be transferred to the US for prosecution. The bill allocates $42.78 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and, among other provisions, requires …

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by Christian Ehret

The Swiss Federal Counsel on Wednesday announced proposals to restrict the country's assisted suicide laws. The new guidelines will seek to prevent assisted suicide becoming a profit-driven business and to ensure that it is only available to the terminally ill. One of the proposals imposes criminal liability on those who assist unless certain stipulations are …

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by Ximena Marinero

Ten residents of New Haven, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against several US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, alleging violations of the Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth Amendments in planning and carrying out raids in 2007. The suit maintains that the raids, conducted only 36 hours after the city passed a measure that …

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by Ximena Marinero

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a defense appropriations bill that contains a measure extending the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The president hailed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (NDAA) as a law containing long …

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