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Legal news from Tuesday, January 26, 2010
by Sarah Miley

Former chief legal adviser to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Sir Michael Wood told the Iraq Inquiry in a public hearing on Tuesday that he had advised the Foreign Ministry that the 2003 Iraq invasion was illegal. Woods testified that the invasion was "contrary to international law" because it …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Israel's Knesset approved legislation on Monday to grant immunity to approximately 400 protesters involved in violent protests in connection with the 2005 removal of settlers in the Gaza Strip. The amnesty measure, which passed by a vote of 51-9, does not extend immunity to people who committed acts …

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by Megan McKee

The French parliamentary commission charged with investigating whether to enact laws banning the wearing of burqas or other "full veils" released its report Tuesday calling for a partial ban. The panel urged a ban that would apply in public facilities, including hospitals, schools, and public transportation, and to any …

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by Sarah Miley

The Supreme Court of California ruled 5-2 Monday to authorize the use of "John Doe" arrest warrants, which replace an unknown suspect's name with his or her DNA profile as the unique identifier. Prosecutors have increasingly been using these warrants as a means of satisfying the statute of limitations in criminal cases. California law, which echoes …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside of the Forsenics Lab of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior's Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesday, killing 21 people and injuring at least 80 others. The building collapsed shortly after the attack, which comes one day after a wave of attacks against several Baghdad hotels frequented by …

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by Ann Riley

A Chinese court Tuesday sentenced four more people to death in connection with the July Xinjiang riots. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi sentenced eight others to life in prison and one to the death penalty with a two-year reprieve, which is usually commuted to life in prison. To date, at least 26 people have received …

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by Ann Riley

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Tuesday a federal ban on texting while driving for commercial truck and bus drivers. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the prohibition will take effect immediately. Drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Russian court on Monday awarded an HIV-positive woman custody of her younger brother. Svetlana Izambayeva sought custody rights in February after her mother's death left the boy orphaned, but was denied by a city court because of her HIV status. On appeal, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan overruled the lower …

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by Hillary Stemple

Luzerne County District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll agreed on Monday to drop efforts to retry 46 juveniles whose original convictions were overturned because they had been issued by a judge indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged kickback scheme. In October, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania overturned about 6,500 convictions handed down …

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by Ximena Marinero

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Canadian Competition Bureau reached an agreement on Monday to allow the merger between Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. and Live Nation, Inc.. The two companies agreed to the 10-year settlement terms set by the DOJ and the Competition Bureau, which had determined after reviewing the …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court confirmed on Monday that three former Bosnian Serb policemen have been indicted on charges of genocide for their alleged roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war. Dusko Jevic served as Deputy Commander of the Special Police Brigade, while Mendeljev Duric …

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