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Legal news from Wednesday, March 31, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder, the court heard arguments on whether a person convicted under state law for simple drug possession (a federal law misdemeanor) has been "convicted" of an "aggravated felony" on …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Yvo de Boer said Wednesday that it is unlikely a new climate change treaty will be concluded until 2011. After the Copenhagen summit (COP15) in December failed to produce a binding agreement, de Boer expressed hope that the next annual meeting in November in …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A Belgian parliamentary committee voted unanimously Wednesday to ban the Islamic burqa and other "full veils" from being worn in public. The proposed legislation applies to areas "accessible to the public" or areas meant for "public use or to provide public services." Violators could face a penalty of up to seven days in …

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by Michael Kraemer

An Indian court on Wednesday heard final arguments in the trial of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, accused of participating in the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, bringing the yearlong proceedings to a close. The court heard from more than 600 prosecution witnesses and two members of the National Security Guard [official …

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by David Manes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday granted the request of chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to investigate the deadly violence perpetrated after the 2007 Kenyan presidential election. Earlier this month, Ocampo submitted the names of 20 senior political and business leaders who allegedly "bear the gravest responsibility" for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 7-2 in Padilla v. Kentucky that the Sixth Amendment guarantee of effective assistance of counsel requires a criminal defense lawyer to advise a non-citizen client that pleading guilty to an aggravated felony will trigger mandatory, automatic deportation. The Supreme …

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by Erin Bock

The Serbian Parliament adopted a declaration early Wednesday morning condemning the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in which 8,000 Muslims were killed. After a day-long debate, "The Declaration of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Condemning the Crime in Srebrenica" was passed by a narrow margin, with 127 out 250 …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 5-4 in Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Insurance Co. that a state legislature cannot prohibit the federal courts from using the class action device for state law claims. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled [opinion, …

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by Brian Jackson

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday asked Swiss officials to reopen a corruption investigation against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. The request was made in a letter from the NAB, the country's chief anti-corruption body, to Swiss officials, but the Swiss Federal Department of Justice has not confirmed receipt of …

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by Jay Carmella

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia criticized the government Tuesday for a lack of accountability, despite granting approval to a $3 million settlement agreement in a civil suit brought by former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Richard Horn. The government evoked the state secrets privilege …

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by Tara Tighe

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed suit on Tuesday challenging the strict visitation and communication restrictions at two experimental federal prison units called "Communications Management Units" (CMUs). The complaint alleges that the prisoners have suffered "severe and unjustifiable emotional distress" as a result of being deprived of fundamental constitutional …

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by Steve Czajkowski

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which represents a group of amendments to the recently approved health care legislation and also provides changes to the administration of the federal student loan program. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act [HR …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Corruption, abuse of power, and a focus on short-term security goals in Afghanistan have intensified the issue of poverty, affecting more than two-thirds of the population, according to a Tuesday report from the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). According to the report 36 percent, or nine million people, …

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by Sarah Miley

The Turkish ruling party on Tuesday submitted its controversial reform package to parliament, despite warnings from Turkish President Abdullah Gul that the party should take more precautions before amending the constitution. The reform package contains seven revisions from the original amendments unveiled last week, including a highly-disputed reform to the judiciary system that …

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