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Legal news from Thursday, January 28, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen Rapp said Thursday that no US president is likely to present the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the US Senate for ratification in the "foreseeable future." Speaking at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Rapp said …

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by Sarah Miley

Ireland's restrictive abortion laws increase health risks to women and expose them to deliberate misinformation about abortion procedures, according to a report released on Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Ireland's current legislation prohibits abortion for any reason except when the mother's life is threatened and carries a potential sentence of life …

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by Daniel Makosky

US President Barack Obama sharply criticized the Supreme Court's recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which eased restrictions on political campaign spending by corporations and labor unions, in his State of the Union Address Wednesday night. Obama warned of the increased potential for powerful interest groups, both foreign and domestic, to wield excessive …

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by Haley Wojdowski

The Canadian Office of the Privacy Commissioner announced Thursday that it would launch a new probe of Facebook to investigate privacy issues in response to a recent complaint. Facebook's privacy tool, which it introduced in December, requires users to review their privacy settings. The complaint alleges that these default privacy settings "have made his …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on Wednesday granted amnesty to both former president Manuel Zelaya and military leaders accused of participation in a June 2009 coup against Zelaya. Making the decree during his inaugural address, Lobo said that it would allow the country to move past the …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

Two Iranians were executed Thursday and nine others have been sentenced to death for their roles in last summer's post-election protests, according to the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA). The two executed men, identified as Momammed Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour, were convicted on charges of …

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by Brian Jackson

Apple could face legal problems in registering a trademark for its new iPad tablet computer product announced on Wednesday. Since 2003, the computing company Fujitsu has been attempting to register the "IPAD" mark in the US for a wireless retail computing device. Apple, however recently filed for an extension to …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A French court on Thursday acquitted former prime minister Dominique de Villepin of all charges for his role in an alleged plot to defame several businessmen, including current President Nicolas Sarkozy. Prosecutors claimed de Villepin failed to stop the circulation of false documents, alleging Sarkozy …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Wednesday for strong banking regulations to restore the "moral dimensions" of capitalism. Speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Sarkozy called the current financial malaise a "crisis of globalization." He promised to target trade imbalances …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Russian racial hate crimes decreased slightly in 2009 because of increased police efforts, according to the SOVA Center on Wednesday. According to the group, 71 people were killed and 333 wounded in racially motivated attacks in 2009, down from 110 killed and 487 wounded in 2008. Deputy head of SOVA Galina Kozhevnikova credited the first …

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by Matt Glenn

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday cited costs and potential disruptions to the lives of New Yorkers in urging the federal government not to try alleged 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other high-profile terror suspects in New York City. Bloomberg said a military base may be a more appropriate venue [AFP …

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by Matt Glenn

US citizen David Headley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 12 charges related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and an alleged conspiracy against the Danish creator and publishers of controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The government has accused Headley of conducting surveillance for terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR …

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by Brian Jackson

A US immigration judge granted asylum to a German family on Tuesday, ruling that Germany's laws against homeschooling gave the family a well-founded fear of persecution. The Romeike family fled Germany in 2008, two years after pulling their children out of German public school so that they could be homeschooled, and one year …

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