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Legal news from Monday, January 11, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Alabama v. North Carolina, the Court heard arguments on an interstate dispute over the disposal of radioactive waste. The dispute centers on an agreement, entered into by eight southern states in 1986, for …

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by Patrice Collins

A Russian law allowing minor offenders to serve their sentences under house arrest rather than in prison entered into force on Sunday. The bill, approved by the Russian State Duma last month and signed by President Dmitri Medvedev, is aimed at reducing the number of inmates in …

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by Steve Dotterer

A trial on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban commenced Monday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Proceedings included opening statements from lead attorneys and testimony from plaintiffs seeking the right to marry their same-sex partners. Judge Vaughn Walker, who is …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The US Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked an order allowing delayed video coverage of the Proposition 8 trial on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban to be posted on YouTube. The court's decision to grant the stay overrules an order by Judge Vaughn Walker of the US …

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by Megan McKee

Danish prosecutors on Monday brought an additional charge of terrorism against the Somali man already charged with the attempted murders of Kurt Westergaard, illustrator of the controversial 2005 cartoon depicting Prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber, and a police officer. The man, who remains unnamed, is said to have broken into Westergaard's home with …

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by Ann Riley

The Rwandan government released a report Monday concluding that the 1994 assassination of then-president Juvenal Habyarimana was the work of Hutu extremists. An independent committee of experts found that Hutu extremists, including members of the president's own family, were opposed to the 1993 Arusha Accords, a power-sharing agreement supported by Habyarimana, …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in McDaniel v. Brown that a federal district court may not consider non-record evidence when conducting a sufficiency review of evidence during federal habeas corpus proceedings. In a per curiam opinion, the Court found that the US Court of Appeals …

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by Andrew Morgan

Iran's Prosecutor-General Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei on Monday called for sedition trials against leaders of protests following last June's contested presidential election. In a statement to Tehran prosecutors, Ejei said that he supported calls by religious and civil authorities to try those who led anti-government protests for "mohareb,"or warring against God, which …

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by Hillary Stemple

Police in the southern Italian town of Rosarno began evacuating hundreds of African immigrants Saturday, following three days of violence that began Thursday when a group of immigrants was attacked while returning from the farms where they worked. The attack sparked rioting among the immigrant population and resulted in property damage as well as injuries to more …

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by Dwyer Arce

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced the construction of 70 miles of fence along Israel's border with Egypt in order to combat terrorism and illegal immigration. In explaining the purpose for the barrier, which has an estimated cost of more than $400 million USD, Netanyahu explained:I decided to close Israel's southern …

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