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Legal news from Wednesday, February 3, 2010
by Brian Jackson

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the majority of an injunction against an Oklahoma anti-illegal immigration law, but did permit the state to enact a provision whereby businesses would have to check their employment roster against a state list of eligible workers through a pilot program. The three-judge panel, sitting at the US Court of Appeals …

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by Haley Wojdowski

A Chinese police official said Wednesday that three people have been arrested for their involvement in the 2008 melamine-tainted milk scandal. The general manager of Lekang Dairy Co., Zhang Wenxue, as well as vice general manager Zhu Shuming and milk powder dealer Ma Shuangling have been arrested and charged with manufacturing and selling food …

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by David Manes

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday reversed a Pre-Trial Chamber decision that denied the application for an arrest warrant on genocide charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. The court emphasized that the reversal was procedural in nature, and did not address the substantive question of …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim entered a plea of not guilty on Wednesday at the start of his sodomy trial. Anwar's defense lawyers are hoping to postpone the trial until the resolution of his appeals of the High Court's refusal to dismiss the sodomy charge and the Federal Court's decision not to …

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by Haley Wojdowski

The Swiss Federal Council announced Wednesday that it would accept two Uighur detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The council decided to admit the detainees for humanitarian reasons, despite the Chinese citizenship of both Uighurs and recent warnings by the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland that Switzerland would jeopardize relations with China by …

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by David Manes

The US House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to give the Supreme Court jurisdiction to review appeals of court-martial decisions. The proposed legislation, known as the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009, would modify the high court's jurisdiction so that service members could petition for review if the US …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland announced Wednesday that $4.6 million seized from the bank accounts of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier must be returned to his family. The decision, made just hours before the January 12 Haitian earthquake, overturned the ruling of …

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by Jay Carmella

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced on Tuesday that the country will accept one detainee from the Guantanamo Bay prison. The MFA accepted the detainee as a show of support for US President Barack Obama in his attempt to close the facility. The name of the prisoner was not released …

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by Jay Carmella

The US and Russia have reached an agreement for the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty since 1991, official said Tuesday. The landmark treaty, which will replace the recently expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, will include significant reductions in both the number of deployed nuclear weapons as well as the number of nuclear-delivery systems. US Assistant Secretary …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday vacated and remanded the 22-year prison sentence for so-called "millennium bomber" Ahmed Ressam, finding that the district court's failure to follow proper sentencing guidelines resulted in an inappropriately lenient sentence. Ressam, an al Qaeda-trained terrorist, was originally sentenced in 2005 …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Tuesday proposed a referendum to reform the nation's election system. Brown has proposed an alternative voting system in which voters would rank candidates in order of preference. He added that the change will not affect the forthcoming elections. Brown said: If the people decide to back the alternative vote, it …

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by Jay Carmella

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced on Tuesday the creation of a panel to prepare the Department of Defense (DOD) for the repeal of the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy [10 USC § 654 text; HRC backgrounder]. In a hearing before the US Senate Armed …

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