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Legal news from Tuesday, November 3, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases. In NRG Power Marketing v. Maine Public Utilities, the Court heard arguments on whether the Mobile-Sierra doctrine applies when an entity not party to an interstate electricity contract contests the contract as …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus signed the EU reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon Tuesday after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the treaty does not conflict with the country's constitution. Klaus signed the treaty, despite maintaining his position [press …

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by Jay Carmella

Justice Jon Kamanda was elected on Monday to a one-year term as the president of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). Kamanda had served as a SCSL vice-president since 2007. Prior to his involvement with the SCSL, Kamanda enjoyed an extensive legal career, including time in …

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by Steve Dotterer

Former Argentine president and general Reynaldo Bignone went on trial Monday for crimes against humanity allegedly perpetrated during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War". The allegations, which include illegal arrest, torture, and killing of dissidents, stem from the 56 confirmed cases of torture at the Campo de Mayo military base outside Buenos …

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by David Manes

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging patents on human genes, allowing the case to proceed. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) on behalf of …

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by Daniel Makosky

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday for the first time since his trial commenced last week to renew his plea for additional preparation time. Presiding judge O-Gon Kwon again denied the request:This trial chamber and the appeals …

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by Jay Carmella

Fijian Chief Justice Anthony Gates issued a statement on Sunday criticizing the Australian and New Zealand governments for placing travel restrictions on Fijian officials including the judiciary. The controversy began last month when a Fijian judge was granted an expedited visa from the New Zealand High Commission in Fiji for a child …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Judges of the Supreme Court of India on Monday voluntarily made public disclosures of their financial assets. The assets of 21 of the current judges have been posted on the official court website in an effort to increase judicial transparency. This voluntary listing of assets comes after months of harsh criticisms from the legal community and …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Judge Eloy Velasco of the Spanish National Court on Monday indicted seven people for their alleged involvement in helping the suspected perpetrators of the 2004 Madrid train bombings flee Spain after the attacks. Six of the seven have been charged with belonging to a terrorist …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that Canadian citizen Maher Arar cannot sue the US government for damages based on his detention in the US and his detention, interrogation, and torture in Syria after he was mistakenly identified as a terrorist. Arar attempted to challenge …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has struck down a City of Pittsburgh ordinance that created a layered zone structure to prevent protesters from gathering outside abortion facilities. The ordinance created a "buffer zone," preventing protesters from coming within 15 feet of the entrance of a …

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