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Legal news from Friday, February 5, 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit that accuses Chiquita Brands International Inc. of assisting Marxist rebels who killed Colombian missionaries may go forward. The suit was brought by family members of five North American missionaries who had worked for the New Tribes Mission (NTM) in South America …

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by Steve Dotterer

The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Friday upheld the convictions of two soldiers found guilty of offenses committed as guards at Abu Ghraib prison. Army Spc. Sabrina Harman had been convicted of conspiracy, dereliction of duty and maltreatment of prisoners dating back to November …

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by Zach Zagger

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Thursday denounced proposed legislation in the Ugandan parliament that would implement harsh punishments for homosexual behavior, including the death penalty in some circumstances. Obama called the the proposed bill "odious" and said, "we may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday charged former Serbian Radical Party (SRS) leader Volislav Seselj with contempt of the court. The charge was prompted by Seselj's inclusion of information that could expose the identities of 13 protected witnesses in …

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by Patrice Collins

A Vietnamese court on Friday sentenced pro-democracy writer and rights activist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy to three-and-a-half years in prison on assault charges. Thuy and her husband, who received two years' house arrest, were convicted in a one-day trial of assaulting two men during an argument about the parking of their motorbike. Thuy maintains that …

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by Daniel Makosky

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a statement of interest Thursday urging the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to reject the amended class action settlement in a copyright suit over Google's book-scanning initiative. In its statement, which …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Thursday that it is unclear whether Israel and Palestine have fully met UN demands to set up a commission to investigate war crimes that may occurred during the Gaza conflict. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in November giving Israel …

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by David Manes

The African Commission on Human and People's Rights ruled Thursday that the government of Kenya violated the rights of the Endorois people when it forcibly evicted them from their land. The Endorois are a group of about 60,000 people who were removed from their land around Lake Bogoria in 1973 when the Kenyan …

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by Matt Glenn

Haitian authorities charged ten US citizens Thursday with kidnapping 33 children. The Americans, many of whom were from the Idaho-based New Life Children's Refuge, were arrested last week for attempting to take the children across the Haitian border into the Dominican Republic where the group claimed it hoped to start an orphanage. Haitian authorities claim, …

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by Megan McKee

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Wednesday that the Harper administration will not seek the repatriation of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr. Cannon said that while the government is considering options to remedy the violation of Khadr's constitutional rights, it will not press for his return because he faces charges in …

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by Matt Glenn

Prosecutors from the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois issued a superseding indictment against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich Thursday. The new indictment, which does not allege additional wrongdoing but contains eight new charges related to racketeering, extortion, and bribery, allows prosecutors to try Blagojevich without relying …

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