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Legal news from Tuesday, January 12, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In United States v. Comstock, the Court heard arguments on whether Congress had the authority to enact certain provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act [18 USC § 4248 …

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by Sarah Miley

The 2003 US-British invasion of Iraq was a violation of international law and was not supported by UN resolutions, according to a report released Tuesday by a Dutch parliamentary inquiry. The Dutch Parliament began an investigation into the Iraq War in March by establishing the Committee of Inquiry on Iraq, …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A UK court on Tuesday began the first non-jury criminal trial in England or Wales in more than 400 years. Defendants John Twomey, Peter Blake, Barry Hibberd, and Glen Cameron appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice, accused of armed robbery of £1.75m from the Menzies World Cargo Warehouse at Heathrow Airport in 2004. The decision to …

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by Ann Riley

Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani argued Monday that the charges against their client should be dismissed. Ghailani's lawyers argued before Judge Louis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) that he was denied the right to a speedy trial …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Taiwanese court said Monday that former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian will be tried Friday in closed-door proceedings. The High Court said that proceedings, set for 9:30 AM Friday, would be closed to the media under secrecy regulations. Chen was indicted in September on corruption charges relating to funds he …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in Smith v. Spisak that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit contravened the directives of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) by extending Mills v. Maryland to resolve in a …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A member of the "Toronto 18" pleaded not guilty in a Canadian court on Monday for his alleged role in a failed 2006 terrorist plot to bomb the Toronto Stock Exchange and government buildings. Shareef Abdelhaleem, the first adult of the group to be tried, allegedly planned to profit from the attacks [Toronto …

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by Megan McKee

The New Jersey Legislature on Monday approved a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. The legislation would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis, which would be distributed through state-monitored dispensaries. Nonetheless, the measure is …

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by Hillary Stemple

A US military judge ruled Monday that the trials for two Navy SEALs accused in the alleged assault of an Iraqi prisoner will be held on a US military base in Iraq in order for the alleged victim to be questioned in court. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe and Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas are …

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by Jay Carmella

The Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan proposed on Saturday the creation of a new constitutional court to review matters relating to the Indian Constitution and other federal issues. Balakrishnan also suggested the creation of a television channel that would exclusively cover the Supreme Court of India, similar …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments on Monday in an appeal by multi-national corporations accused of assisting the South African government during the apartheid-era. The corporations, which include IBM, Ford Motor Co., Daimler and General Motors Corp., are accused of aiding the human rights abuses committed by …

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