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Legal news from Tuesday, March 2, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in McDonald v. City of Chicago on whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is incorporated as against the states by the Fourteenth Amendment's Privileges or Immunities or Due Process Clauses. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in Mac's Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co. that a service station operator cannot recover for constructive termination under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) [15 USC § 2801-2806 text] when the operator continues to run the …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic claimed Tuesday that attacks against Bosnian Muslims were "staged," denying any involvement in war crimes. Karadzic was appearing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for second consecutive day to continue opening statements in his trial for war crimes allegedly committed during the …

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by Sarah Miley

Spain's Interior Ministry announced Tuesday that national police agents have arrested accused Montenegrin war criminal Veselin Vlahovic in southeastern Spain. Vlahovic, known as the "monster of Grbavica," is wanted on three international arrest warrants, including one for the rape, torture, and murder of more than 100 women and children during the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick that a federal law [14 USC § 411(a) text] requiring copyright holders to register their works before suing for copyright infringement does not remove federal court jurisdiction if the copyright holder failed to register. The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 7-2 in Johnson v. United States that a "violent felony" requires the use of physical force. The court found that the Florida battery offense does not meet the physical force requirement of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) [19 USC …

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by Ann Riley

Turkish prosecutors have charged an army general and a state prosecutor with belonging to the Ergenekon network and plotting to uproot Turkey's ruling Justice Development Party (AKP), according a Monday report by state news agency Anatolian. General Saldiray Berk [official profile, in …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The widow of assassinated Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, Agathe Habyarimana, was arrested Tuesday in France on suspicions of complicity in genocide and was later released on bail. French police complied with an international arrest warrant issued by the Rwandan government that accused Habyarimana of helping to plan the 1994 genocide …

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by Hillary Stemple

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court on Tuesday overturned a law requiring telecommunications providers to store information on telephone calls, e-mails, and Internet use for six months for use in possible terrorism investigations, citing privacy issues. The court found that Section 113 of the Telecommunications Act violates the privacy …

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by Megan McKee

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged Egypt to investigate the shootings of 60 unarmed migrants since July 2007 on the Egyptian side of the Egypt-Israeli border. The majority of those killed have been Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Sudanese. Pillay stated that "the sheer number of victims suggests …

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by Ximena Marinero

Several human rights groups and anti-mine activists on Monday urged the US to join the Mine Ban Treaty, marking the eleventh anniversary of the treaty's status as binding international law. Despite initial statements from the US State Department in November that the US would be maintaining its current policy, the US government announced in …

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by Gabriela Forbes

The Paris Criminal Court on Monday asked the highest court of appeal, the Court of Cassation, to determine the constitutionality of police custody under article 63-4 of the code of criminal procedure. The request follows Monday's entry into force of a constitutional amendment allowing individuals indirectly to seek …

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by Ximena Marinero

UK police on Monday arrested former Bosnian vice president Ejup Ganic for war crimes in connection with a 1992 attack against Serbian soldiers. Ganic, vice president during the outset of the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war, was arrested by the Scotland Yard Extradition Unit at a London airport on the day he was to return …

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