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Legal news from Tuesday, November 24, 2009
by Jonathan Cohen

The American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU), the Constitution Project (CP), and the Rutherford Institute filed amici curiae briefs Tuesday backing a challenge to a federal law [18 USC § 2339B(a)(1)] that prohibits providing material support to terrorism. The groups supported a Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) argument that …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Argentina's Chamber of Deputies has passed a bill that would decriminalize defamation, bringing the government's policies more in line with the American Convention on Human Rights and garnering praise from international human rights groups. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner proposed the bill in …

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by Sarah Miley

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague began proceedings on Tuesday for the trial of two Congolese nationals believed to be responsible for the killings of more than 200 men, women, and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2003. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui both …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Iraq Inquiry, charged with investigating UK involvement in Iraq, began its public proceedings in London on Tuesday. The committee is expected to assess the legality of the UK’s participation in the Iraq War, although several legal authorities have questioned its ability to thoroughly evaluate the issue, since none of the five …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Justice Department (DOJ) on Monday unsealed charging documents against eight defendants for recruiting for and providing financial support to the Somali terrorist organization al-Shabaab. The defendants are being charged [Ahmed Omar et al. indictment, PDF; Mahamud Omar indictment, PDF; Faraax-Isse complaint, PDF] with recruiting approximately 20 individuals in the …

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by Jay Carmella

The chairwoman of Russia's Council for Promoting Civil and Human Rights on Monday called the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky a murder and a tragedy. Magnitsky, who was arrested on allegations of tax fraud and held for over a year without a trial after representing London-based hedge fund Hermitage Capital in a suit against …

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by David Manes

The Iraqi parliament approved a new election law following last Wednesday's veto of a similar bill by Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi. Al-Hashemi indicated that he plans to veto the bill a second time because it has not adequately addressed his concerns, including …

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by Safiya Boucaud

China announced on Tuesday that two people had been executed for their roles in last year's melamine tainted milk scandal, in which almost 300,000 children were sickened and at least six were killed. The two men, Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping, were found responsible for selling at least three million pounds of the tainted milk powder, …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A three-judge panel for the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court decision which held that Congressional restrictions on organizations receiving federal grants through the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) do not violate the First Amendment. In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth Circuit found that …

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by Matt Glenn

The Trial Chamber of International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday denied a motion filed by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic requesting appellate review of the court's decision to assign standby counsel. Karadzic's motion argued that the court did not …

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by Megan McKee

A US military court at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait convicted Sergeant Jarret Taylor of abusing fellow troops and making a false official statement on Friday. Taylor's rank was reduced to private, he was sentenced to six months in jail, and was fined nearly $6,000. The behavior was discovered during the investigation of Private Keiffer …

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