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Legal news from Friday, December 4, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Enforcement of various civil rights laws decreased during the Bush administration, according to a report released Thursday by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO studied the activities of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) between 2001 and 2007. According to the report, DOJ lawsuits to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

JURIST's Paper Chase legal news service has been named as one of the "100 best Web sites by lawyers, for lawyers" as chosen by the editors of the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association. Ranking Paper Chase among their top 12 legal news websites, the ABA Journal Third Annual Blawg 100 applauded JURIST's format of …

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by Steve Dotterer

The State of Texas executed death row inmate Bobby Wayne Woods by lethal injection Thursday, over the objections of lawyers who argued Woods was mentally impaired and thus could not be executed under federal law. Defense lawyers argued that Woods's IQ fell below 70, a number used generally as a threshold for mental retardation. The Texas Court …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Serbia is cooperating with the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), according to a report presented Thursday to the UN Security Council by Chief War Crimes Prosecutor Serge Brammertz. Brammertz noted the need to catch two remaining fugitives, Ratko Mladic [ICTY …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Myanmar's Supreme Court has agreed to consider an appeal by opposition pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi against the 18-month extension of her house arrest, officials said Friday. Suu Kyi's lawyers filed the appeal last month after a lower court rejected an earlier appeal. A judge will hold a preliminary hearing [NYT …

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by Ximena Marinero

A US military judge ruled Thursday that the US government may partially amend the charges against Guantanamo Bay detainee Ibrahim Ahmed al Qosi by changing his jurisdictional basis, but may not include four additional years of alleged activities under the charges. In this first application of the Military Commissions Act of 2009 …

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