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Legal news from Wednesday, February 24, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Carr v. United States, the court heard arguments on whether the failure to register provision [18 USC § 2250] of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) can be applied …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Four Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Albania and Spain, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday. Three detainees, Tunisia native Aleh Bin Hadi Asasi, Egypt native Sharif Fati Ali al Mishad, and Libya native Abdul Rauf Omar Mohammad Abu al Qusin, were transferred to Albania and the fourth, an …

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by David Manes

Twelve high-ranking Turkish military officers were formally charged on Wednesday for their role in an alleged plot to overthrow Turkey's government. Among those charged were four admirals, two retired colonels, and a retired brigadier general. More than 50 officers were arrested on Monday, including former Navy Commander Adm. Ozden Ornek and former Air Force Commander …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 9-0 in Maryland v. Shatzer that the Edwards v. Arizona prohibition against interrogation of a suspect who has invoked the Fifth Amendment right to counsel does not require suppression of statements if, after the suspect asks for counsel, …

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by Jay Carmella

The Hungarian Parliament passed a bill on Monday that prohibits denials of the Holocaust. The law, which passed 197-1 [Politics.hu report] with 142 members abstaining, makes denying the Holocaust a criminal offense punishable by up to 3 years in prison. The bill was proposed by Attila Mesterházy, the …

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by Brian Jackson

An Italian court on Wednesday found three Google executives guilty of privacy violations for allowing a video depicting bullying to be posted on its website. The court in Milan found that the three men, David Carl Drummond, George De Los Reyes, and Peter Fleitcher, violated the privacy rights of a young man with Down's Syndrome …

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by Jay Carmella

The Irish Special Criminal Court on Wednesday dismissed the case against the only man criminally convicted for a role in the 1998 Omagh bombing, finding that the evidence against Colm Murphy was not strong enough to support the conviction. In 2002, The Special Criminal Court originally sentenced Murphy to …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A Haitian judge on Tuesday announced the forthcoming release of the last two US missionaries out of a group of 10 who were arrested on kidnapping charges following the January 12 earthquake. Eight members of the missionary group affiliated with the Central Valley Baptist Church of Idaho and the New Life Children's …

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by Brian Jackson

US Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. said Tuesday that he would not support a moratorium on discharging individuals from the military pursuant to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy while Congress conducted a review of the practice. Casey, the highest-ranking officer in the US Army, made the statement while testifying before the Senate …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced Tuesday that another round of formal climate talks will be held April 9-11 in Bonn, Germany to follow up on the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The decision to hold another session was made by the Bureau …

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