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Legal news from Thursday, April 8, 2010
by Zach Zagger

Turkish politician and Kurdish rights activist Leyla Zana was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for spreading terrorist propaganda. Zana was convicted by a court in the city of Diyarbakir for two speeches delivered at the Kurdish political congress and protest in 2008. Zana has previously been convicted for spreading propaganda under …

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by Sarah Miley

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that Spain has agreed to resettle four detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The four detainees are in addition to a Palestinian detainee transferred to Spain earlier this year. The governments have yet to decide which detainees will be transferred. Holder met …

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by Matt Glenn

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Adel Hassan Hamad filed suit in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington Wednesday against the US government and more than a dozen government officials. Hamad, a Sudanese aid worker captured in Pakistan in 2002, claims he was tortured during his time at …

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by Jonathan Cohen

A group of citizens from Kinston, North Carolina, on Wednesday filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia claiming that Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of race. Section 5 requires certain voting districts to seek federal approval before making …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled Thursday that a prominent gay rights organization may field candidates in the upcoming national elections as an accredited political party. The decision invalidates an order issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in November that rejected a bid for party recognition by Ang Ladlad …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Pakistan's National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a constitutional amendment that would curtail the powers of the president. The 18th Amendment Bill would reverse the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf by transferring presidential powers to the office of the prime minister, effectively reserving …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Former Kyrgyz foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva announced Thursday that she will lead an interim government in Kyrgyzstan after violent protests Wednesday apparently ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his administration. Otunbayeva, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan, urged Bakiyev to resign and said that her temporary government will …

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by Erin Bock

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that five additional states will join in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The five states - Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada, and Arizona - will join 13 other states in a …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed the so-called New START treaty, pledging to reduce their countries' nuclear warheads by about 30 percent. Under the terms of the treaty and its protocol, both countries would only be allowed to deploy 1,550 strategic warheads, a decrease from …

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by Matt Glenn

The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared Wednesday that Kenya's government is attempting to secure the release of Kenyan native Mohammed Abdumalik, who is currently detained at Guantanamo Bay. The news was revealed in a letter to Abdulmalik's family, informing them that the government will ask the United States to release the …

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