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Legal news from Tuesday, December 1, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz v. United States and United States v. Milavetz, Gallop, & Milavetz, the Court heard arguments on the scope of a federal law prohibiting certain bankruptcy professionals from …

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by Sarah Miley

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began oral arguments on Tuesday regarding Serbia's request for an advisory opinion on Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008. The advisory proceedings will include arguments from 29 additional countries, including the five member-states of the UN Security Council, debating whether Kosovo's unilaterally proclaimed secession complied …

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by Patrice Collins

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Tuesday rejected a request by lawyers for a former Khmer Rouge leader to examine two international judges for bias. Lawyers representing former minister of foreign affairs Ieng Sary sought a public hearing on the independence of Dutch judge Katinka Lahuis …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon went into effect Tuesday after more than two years of negotiations. The Treaty, which was ratified by all 27 member-states of the EU, was crafted to make the EU more democratic, transparent, and efficient, to more effectively promote and protect …

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by Ann Riley

Spanish National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon on Monday opened an embezzlement investigation against four associates of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Garzon accused Pinochet's widow Lucia Hiriart his former lawyer Oscar Custodio Aitken Lavanchy and bankers Pablo Granifo Lavin and Hernan Donoso Lira of laundering money for Pinochet while …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Argentine Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it would rule on the constitutionality of two articles of the Civil Code prohibiting same-sex marriage. The announcement comes one day after National Court Judge Marta Gomez Alsina issued an injunction halting the country's first …

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by Zach Zagger

Former US soldier Steven Green on Monday challenged the law used to convict him in civilian court for his role in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya. Green filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has filed a motion made public Monday, challenging the legitimacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Karadzic claims that the UN Security Council overstepped its powers when it created the court in 1993:All over the world, the establishment …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday and Tuesday the transfer of four detainees from Guantanamo Bay to three European countries, as the detainee population at the detention facility continues to be reduced. Two of the former detainees, Tunisian natives Adel Ben Mabrouk and Mohamed Riadh Ben Nasri, were transferred to Italy [press …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Supreme Court on Monday reversed a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that had affirmed a death sentence for a veteran convicted of murder who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In Porter v. McCollum, George Porter, a decorated Korean …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that several contractors responsible for dredging the Mississippi River, which some claim exacerbated damage from Hurricane Katrina, cannot be held liable since the contractors were acting under Congress' express authorization. The plaintiffs' suit claimed that dredging in the Mississippi River Gulf …

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