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Legal news from Friday, January 8, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A plea of not guilty was entered in a US federal court Friday for Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, indicted on six counts for allegedly attempting to set off an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bound from Amsterdam to Detroit last month. Abdulmutallab is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Federal Administrative Court of Switzerland ruled Friday that the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) violated the law in February 2009 when it ordered UBS to disclose information to the US on more than 250 of the bank's clients. FINMA issued the order after the US Department of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Portuguese Parliament on Friday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill gives same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual married couples, but stops short of allowing same-sex couples to adopt. The bill was supported by the ruling Socialist Part and other leftist parties …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari in Dolan v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether a district court may enter a restitution order beyond the time limit prescribed in 18 USC § 3664(d)(5). The petitioner, Brian Dolan, attacked a hitchhiker and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Philip Alston on Thursday urged an investigation into possible Sri Lankan war crimes after authenticating a video of members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) being executed by members of the Sri Lankan military. Alston said that an investigation by experts in …

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by Andrew Morgan

US President Barack Obama on Thursday called for stricter airline security measures as he announced the conclusion of two security reviews he ordered after the failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 last month. According to an unclassified summary, the reviews found that the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that sex trafficking violates conventions against slavery and forced labor, finding both Russia and Cyprus liable in the case of a young woman who came from Russia to work in a Cyprus cabaret and was later found dead. The case was brought by the …

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by Andrew Morgan

US authorities on Thursday announced charges against two former employees of security firm Blackwater in connection with the May 5 shooting death of two Afghans in Kabul. Justin Cannon and Christopher Drotleff each face 13 counts under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA), including two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Iranian judiciary said Thursday that five people arrested during in last month's violent riots will be tried for Moharebe, or warring against God, which is punishable by execution. The names of the accused have not been released. The protests, which were the largest since those that followed the June presidential election, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The New Jersey Senate voted 20-14 Thursday to defeat a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state. The Senate Judiciary Committee had voted 7-6 in favor of the bill last month, marking the first time that any body in the state legislature had approved same-sex marriage …

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