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Legal news from Thursday, December 3, 2009
by Dwyer Arce

Five more people have been sentenced to death by a Chinese court in connection with the July Xinjiang riots, state media reported Thursday. The sentencing came in connection to the killing of a police officer with a rock and the killing of bystanders during the riots. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi sentenced two …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Two justices on Russia's Constitutional Court renounced their positions Wednesday, on the recommendations of their fellow justices, after publicly criticizing the nation's lack of judicial independence. Senior justice Anatoly Kononov, whose term of office was to expire in 2017, will resign from the Constitutional Court at the end of this month. Justice …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Canadian government on Wednesday released more than 40 redacted e-mails sent by former diplomat Richard Colvin to then-foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay raising concerns about the torture of detainees who were transferred to Afghan prisons by Canadian authorities. The e-mails, which Colvin alleges were sent in violation of instructions to avoid …

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by Steve Dotterer

The Honduran National Congress on Wednesday voted 111-14 not to reinstate ousted president Manuel Zelaya who was removed by a military coup earlier this year. The vote was held in accordance with the Tegucigalpa/San Jose accord, brokered in October, which …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that Deputy Attorney General David Ogden will resign from his position to reenter the private sector. Ogden outlined his reasons for leaving, citing his original goal to assist in a smooth transition from the previous administration, and highlighted the changes that have occurred in the …

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by Megan McKee

The Quebec Superior Court began hearing arguments Wednesday on the pivotal issue of Canadian torture victims' right to sue foreign governments and foreign officials on Canadian soil. The case was brought by Stephan Hashemi, son of slain Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, against the Iranian government and three officials for …

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by Christian Ehret

Albania is willing to accept additional Guantanamo Bay detainees, Prime Minister Sali Berisha told reporters on Wednesday, calling closure of the prison a "human rights issue." Berisha said that he will not accept Chinese Uighurs due to concerns for preserving positive relations with China:Naturally, I have …

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by Christian Ehret

The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Wednesday approved the Financial Stability Improvement Act to address various economic dangers posed by large financial institutions. The bill seeks to increase regulation and to allow government regulators to control the collapse of large financial firms to lessen any potential economic …

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by Ximena Marinero

Current US immigration detention and transfer policies unnecessarily interfere with individual detainees' rights to counsel and procedural fairness, according to two reports released Wednesday urging reforms to the system. According to a report by the Constitution Project, the government should:improv access to counsel for immigration detainees and, more generally, for all non-citizens in …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Australian Senate on Wednesday voted against legislation aimed at reducing carbon pollution. The Senate voted 41-33 against the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No.2] and ten related bills that would have established a cap-and-trade system. The scheme, similar to the current European system, would have been implemented by July …

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