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Legal news from Monday, December 14, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the final challenge to the sale of Chrysler Group assets to Italian automaker Fiat. The Court granted, vacated, and remanded Indiana State Police Pension Trust v. Chrysler, an appeal from a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Second …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Saddam Hussein's former lawyer on Saturday asked the British attorney general for consent to prosecute former prime minister Tony Blair for violations of the Geneva Conventions. Giovanni di Stefano, who represents former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz, sent a letter asking for consent to prosecute Blair after …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Sudanese leaders reached an agreement Sunday for a referendum on independence for the south. The agreement was reached between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of President Omar al-Bashir and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) of Salva Kiir, which comprise the current coalition government created pursuant to …

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by Matt Glenn

At least four justices on the Supreme Court of the Philippines believe the court should hear cases stemming from this month's imposition of martial law in the province of Maguindanao, despite petitions to declare those cases moot after martial law was lifted on Saturday, ABS-CBN News reported Monday. …

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by Matt Glenn

The Canadian government has begun reviewing its security certificate system, which allows the government to deport residents who pose a threat to national security, the Canadian Press (CP) reported Sunday. The government may consider making significant changes to the law or abolishing it completely, Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan …

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by Amelia Mathias

Chinese prosecutors formerly charged prominent rights activist Liu Xiaobo on Saturday with inciting subversion. Liu, who spent two years in prison following the Tiananmen Square uprising, has long challenged China's one-party rule, and co-authored Charter 08, a petition calling for political reforms in the country. Liu was formally arrested in June, but has been …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a lawsuit by four UK citizens and former Guantanamo Bay detainees against former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other military officials. The Court denied certiorari in Rasul v. Myers [docket; cert. petition, PDF], leaving in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In City of Ontario v. Quon [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team member has a reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages sent to and from his SWAT pager, where …

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by Amelia Mathias

Libya is making strides towards greater transparency and acknowledgment of human rights, but still has a long way to go, according to a report published Saturday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, entitled "Libya: Truth and Justice Can't Wait," is a follow up to a 2006 report "Words to Deeds." While acknowledging …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Friday that a leaked memo signals that the US government intends to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) in northwestern Illinois. The memo from the attorney general, leaked last week to conservative website Big Government, is …

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