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

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha v. Regal-Beloit Corporation, the court heard arguments on whether the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 [49 USC § 11706] applies to the inland rail …

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by Michael Kraemer

Two Uighurs held at Guantanamo Bay were transferred to Switzerland on Wednesday. Switzerland granted humanitarian type B residence permits allowing the two to live in the canton of Jura. Both have agreed to respect Swiss laws, learn the local language, and secure gainful employment. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged government officials in El Salvador to repeal a 1993 amnesty law that prevents any investigation into killings committed during the country's 12-year civil war, including the killing of respected Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero. AI also urged officials to cooperate with …

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by David Manes

The New York Times (NYT) on Wednesday agreed to pay a total of $114,000 in damages to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, for an article that may have implied that the current prime minister attained his position as a result of their relationship. The paper …

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by Jay Carmella

Former Russian police officer Alexei Dymovsky was found guilty Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit for accusing Russian law enforcement officials of corruption on YouTube. A district court in the Russian city of Novorossiisk ordered [ITAR-TASS report] Dymovsky to pay both the chief of Novorosiisk police Vladimir Chernositov and chief of the Primorye precinct …

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by Tara Tighe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the Malaysian government to drop all charges against former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar is accused of inappropriate sexual advances toward a male aide in 2008. HRW alleges that the trial has been "plagued by serious due process problems and government interference" …

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by Erin Bock

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that three Guantanamo Bay detainees had been transferred to the country of Georgia. The transfer was approved by unanimous consent of the Guantanamo Review Task Force, an inter-agency group that reviewed several factors regarding the detainees, including security. The identities of the released detainees …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The European Commission (EC) released reports Tuesday that said Bulgaria and Romania must do more to combat corruption and organized crime, and conduct judicial reforms in order to enjoy their full rights as members of the EU. The reports represent the sixth assessments for the newest members …

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by Tara Tighe

The Myanmar Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit to repeal election laws preventing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from participating in upcoming elections. The lawsuit was filed by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) in response to the recently enacted laws, which have garnered criticism …

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