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Legal news from Tuesday, February 23, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the court heard arguments on whether a federal law [18 USC § 2339B(a)(1)] that prohibits providing material support to terrorism violates the First Amendment. The challenge …

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by Zach Zagger

The Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled Tuesday that current President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is eligible to run for the senate after her presidential term expires. The Supreme Court denied a petition brought by Rep. Risa Hontiveros of the Akbayan party-list, which sought to disqualify Arroyo from …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Sri Lankas Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition to release opposition presidential candidate and former general Sarath Fonseka. The Court did, however, approve requests to ensure Fonseka's safety and to allow him greater access to lawyers, family, and colleagues. Fonseka has been in prison since February 8, when the Sri Lankan …

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by Sarah Miley

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued new regulations tightening restrictions on Internet use by requiring citizens operating websites to submit identity cards and meet with regulators before their sites can be registered. The Ministry maintains that the restrictions, made public Monday, are needed to regulate pornographic websites, which …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 7-2 in Florida v. Powell that the requirements of Miranda v. Arizona are satisfied by advice that a suspect has "the right to talk to a lawyer before answering any of [the law enforcement officers'] questions," and that …

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by Ann Riley

Nigerien rights group, the United Front for the Safeguard of Democratic Assets (Fusad), called Tuesday for the prosecution of ousted president Mamadou Tandja on treason charges. Fusad, which is allied with the opposition party that led last week's coup, claims that Tandja is guilty of corruption violating the constitution, and alleges that he …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in Hertz Corp. v. Friend that, for the purposes of diversity jurisdiction, a corporation's principal place of business shall be determined by the "nerve center" test. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had affirmed …

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by Gabriela Forbes

The French branch of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA) initiated proceedings Sunday against the participation of a 'veiled' candidate in the upcoming French regional elections, following the dismissal of its initial legal action. The candidate, Ilham Moussaid, represents the New Anticapitalist Party, a radical left-wing party, in the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

UK rights group Reprieve on Tuesday initiated legal action against the UK government for its alleged use of torture policies overseas. Reprieve argues that the government's refusal to make such policies public suggests that the protocol is illegal and possibly allows torture. Reprieve will challenge the legality of the government's policies and will …

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by Megan McKee

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed US lawyer Brenda Hollis as the prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). Hollis was appointed in consultation with the government of Sierra Leone, and the appointment was effective as of February 16. Prior to her appointment, Hollis was leading the prosecution against former …

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by Hillary Stemple

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday praised the role of the civilian criminal justice system in obtaining a guilty plea from suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi. Zazi pleaded guilty on Monday to three criminal charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in the US and to commit murder in …

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by Ximena Marinero

Reconciliation in Liberia hinges on the development of its national security and its legal institutions, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon emphasized in a new progress report released Monday. The UN report recognizes that the final report of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its recommendations have proven …

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by Ximena Marinero

Suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi pleaded guilty Monday to three criminal charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in the US and to commit murder in a foreign country, as well as providing material support for al Qaeda. At Monday's hearing in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Zazi …

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