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Legal news from Thursday, March 25, 2010
by Ximena Marinero

The Quezon City Trial Court in Manila on Thursday issued arrest warrants for 189 suspects for their alleged role in the November 2009 massacre in semi-autonomous Maguindanao province that left 57 dead. Eight more individuals are also wanted in connection with the killings, but they are already in custody on separate charges for allegedly …

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by Jonathan Cohen

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday announced changes to the enforcement of the Don't Ask Don't, Tell [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive] policy to make it more difficult to expel openly gay service members from the military. The changes, set to take effect immediately, include raising the level of who can initiate and …

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by Zach Zagger

The US and Russia reached an agreement Wednesday to reduce nuclear arms, marking the first such agreement between the two nuclear powers in nearly two decades. According to an anonymous Kremlin spokesperson, the two countries have come to an agreement that will be finalized at a meeting Friday between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry …

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by Ximena Marinero

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday denied a Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee's habeas corpus petition on its merits, allowing the US government to prolong the detention indefinitely. Detainee Makhtar Yahia Naji al Warafi was captured during the 2001-2002 American intervention campaign in …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Senate voted 56 to 43 to pass a modified version of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 Thursday, after certain language in the original bill was altered to fix parliamentary problems highlighted by Republicans. The bill will now be sent back to the US House of Representatives …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a temporary stay of execution for convicted murderer Henry "Hank" Skinner who requested DNA testing be conducted in his case to prove his innocence. The court granted the stay just one hour prior to Skinner's execution and will now decide whether to grant …

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by Haley Wojdowski

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a renewed international commitment to eradicate all forms of slavery. Ban's comments took place on the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which is held annually pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/62/L.32. In his statement, Ban said …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday passed three resolutions critical of Israeli practices towards Syrian and Palestinian territories. The resolutions were adopted during the 13th session of the UNHRC held in Geneva. One resolution titled "The grave human rights violations by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem" …

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by Erin Bock

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday lifted the stay blocking the extradition of former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega to France, where he is wanted on money laundering charges. This latest order comes two days after the US Supreme Court declined …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday proposed reforms to simplify and clarify international divorce laws. Under the proposal, married couples from different European Union (EU) countries could choose the country of the divorce, and the various courts would use a common formula to decide which country's law applies when a couple disagrees. EC Vice President …

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by Andrea Bottorff

French President Nicholas Sarkozy said Wednesday that the government will introduce legislation to ban traditional Muslim face veils in public places. Sarkozy's announcement comes weeks after a French parliamentary commission charged with investigating whether to enact laws banning the wearing of burqas or other "full veils" …

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by Haley Wojdowski

The Russian State Duma on Wednesday approved a bill to ban pre-trial detention for suspects accused of economic crimes. The legislation would allow those charged with financial crimes to be bailed out of jail at any time during legal proceedings for a minimum bail …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a permanent injunction Wednesday against a Texas city ordinance prohibiting illegal immigrants from renting property in the city. Judge Jane Boyle ruled that the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch cannot enforce Ordinance 2952, which required prospective …

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by Matt Glenn

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday continuing a prohibition on the use of federal funds for abortion except in cases of rape or incest or where a woman's life would be endangered. Some anti-abortion congressional Democrats insisted on the order as a condition for their support of the Patient Protection …

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