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Legal news from Friday, November 20, 2009
by Patrice Collins

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday appointed British lawyer Richard Harvey to represent Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic if he continues to boycott his trial when proceedings resume in March. Harvey is currently joint head of the British defense firm Garden Court Chambers …

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by Sarah Miley

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has begun lobbying for the UN General Assembly to pass an international treaty protecting religious beliefs and symbols from defamation, according to an AP report Friday. The efforts of the OIC are being led by Pakistan and Algeria with full support of the organization's 54 remaining members. …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Supreme Court of Israel banned privately-run prisons on Thursday, ruling 8-1 that they violate prisoners' fundamental rights and introduce an element of profit into the prison system. The decision followed a 2005 lawsuit brought by the Academic College of Law's Human Rights Department against Israel's Ministry of Finance and Ministry of …

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by Steve Dotterer

A judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ordered the director of the Administrative Office of the US Courts (AO) to provide health benefits to the same-sex spouse of a federal employee. Karen Golinski, the federal court employee who sued for the benefits, was married in California …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Senate on Thursday voted 59-39 to confirm Judge David Hamilton to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, overcoming Republican opposition to secure President Barack Obama's first and longest-delayed judicial nominee. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said a Republican filibuster delayed the …

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by Ann Riley

The Somali Transitional Federal Government on Friday announced its intention to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which, if successful, would make the US the only UN member state not to have done so. The UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the announcement that Somalia's ministers …

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by Ximena Marinero

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court's denial of a conservative advocacy group's motion to intervene in a challenge to Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The appeals court held that the district court …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Argentine Senate on Thursday voted 57-1 to approve a law that authorizes the government to obtain DNA samples from individuals suspected to have been born to forced disappearance victims of the 1976-1983 "Dirty War". The law will amend Article 218 of the Criminal Penal Code to allow minimal …

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by Brian Jackson

The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday dismissed a challenge to two policies that provide benefits to same-sex couples married outside of the state. The first policy was a 2006 decision by the Westchester County executive to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of county employees. The second policy was a 2006 decision …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The conflict-ravaged nations of Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan, and Iraq rank among the world's most corrupt, according to the 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) prepared by Transparency International (TI). The index, released Tuesday, ranked 180 countries based on observations by businesspeople and analysts, giving each a score between 0 and 10. Somalia had the …

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