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Legal news from Wednesday, December 9, 2009
by Zach Zagger

The co-investigating judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) released an order Wednesday that will allow the use of the controversial legal concept of joint criminal enterprise (JCE) to prosecute surviving Khmer Rouge leaders for government actions. JCE allows courts to charge defendants who …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp. on whether imposing class arbitration on parties is consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [9 USC § 1-14 text] when that issue is silent in the parties' …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A UK High Court judge ruled Tuesday that British Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer must have access to secret documents that may contain evidence of torture. Aamer, the only British citizen remaining at the US military prison, petitioned the court for access to the documents, which his lawyers believe show that his confessions were …

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by Daniel Makosky

Human rights conditions in 12 Arab nations continued to deteriorate last year, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). The publication, entitled "Bastion of Impunity, Mirage of Reform," is the group's second annual. The report condemns violations of human rights, including …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge on the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday reduced the sentences of two men convicted of spying for Cuba as part of the so-called "Cuban Five". Judge Joan Lenard reduced the life sentence of Ramon Labanino, also known as Luis Medina, to 30 years …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US government announced Tuesday that a settlement agreement worth more than $3.4 billion has been reached in a 13-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs' website; JURIST news archive] concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 American Indians. US Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of …

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