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Legal news from Monday, November 9, 2009
by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in three cases. In Graham v. Florida, the Court heard arguments questioning whether the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment prohibits imprisoning a juvenile for life without parole for a non-homicide violation. …

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by Haley Wojdowski

The trial of Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett began Monday, but was adjourned until Wednesday to allow Judge Chinembiri Bhunu to make a decision regarding the admissibility of evidence. Bennett's defense lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, asked the court to prohibit evidence obtained from the …

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by Megan McKee

Some 50,000 people marched in Buenos Aires on Saturday in support of gay pride and to encourage the timely approval of legislation set to legalize same-sex marriage. Argentina's Parliament is currently debating the matter of same-sex marriage for the first time. Before the parliament are two proposals …

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by Jay Carmella

A letter from a Guantanamo Bay detainee, made public Monday, alleges that conditions at the prison have worsened for detainees a year after the election of US President Barack Obama. Abdul Rahman Shalabi wrote the letter in September, describing his declining physical condition. Last week, independent medical experts Dr. …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied a stay of execution for convicted DC-area sniper John Allen Muhammad, clearing the way for his scheduled execution on Tuesday. Muhammad had filed an application for stay of execution as well as a petition for certiorari last week. The …

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by Jay Carmella

Canadian prosecutors announced Saturday that a Rwandan genocide suspect has been charged under Canada's Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. Jacques Mungwarere, arrested Friday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), is only the second person to be charged under the law. Mungwarere claimed asylum in Canada in 2001, …

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by Patrice Collins

The Chinese government has executed nine people sentenced to death for their role in the July Xinjiang riots, state media reported Monday. The report indicated that the individuals were executed "according to the law" after their sentences were approved by the Supreme People's Court but did not provide further …

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by Ann Riley

Iran’s prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolat-Abadi said Monday that the three American hikers arrested in July for illegally entering Iran are being charged with espionage. In statements to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Dolat-Abadi further declared that the investigation of the American citizens' charges has begun and the state of their case will soon be announced. …

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by Zach Zagger

The Iraqi Parliament passed a controversial election law amendment on Sunday, paving the way for January elections as mandated by the Iraqi Constitution. The new law addresses two issues that were the cause of an impasse. The amended law calls for open lists that name the candidates, not …

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by Jonathan Cohen

The current and former leaders of Madagascar reached a transitional power-sharing agreement on Saturday. According to the agreement, President Andry Rajoelina will now share power with representatives of the parties of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana and former president Albert Zafy. The agreement came out of meetings in Addis Abeba …

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by Amelia Mathias

El Salvador government officials agreed on Friday to a state investigation into the death of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, shot and killed in 1980. The announcement of the investigation comes nearly a decade after the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights first recommended an inquiry into the murder. El Salvador has …

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