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Legal news from Sunday, December 27, 2009
by Jay Carmella

Several human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), on Sunday expressed concern over the potential for violence as the Thai government begins the forced deportation of 4,000 ethnic Hmong to Laos from a refugee camp inside Thailand. The Hmong fear that they will face persecution in Laos for supporting the …

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by Jay Carmella

At least four people were killed in Iran on Sunday after violence broke out between government security forces and opposition protesters. The protests, which were the largest since those that followed the June presidential election, interrupted the Shia Muslim celebration of Ashura, which marks the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) this week began a campaign to urge state legislatures to move towards merit-based judicial appointments instead of direct judicial elections. According to the IAALS there are 33 states that select judges through direct elections, …

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