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Legal news from Saturday, April 10, 2010
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Saturday appealed [text, PDF, in Spanish] an indictment that charges [order, PDF, in Spanish; JURIST report] him with abuse of power for launching an investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War [LOC backgrounder]. [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Polish Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski [official websites, in Polish] became the interim Polish president on Saturday after elected President Lech Kaczynski [official website; BBC obituary] died in a plane crash [press release]. Komorowski must now announce [Reuters report] the date of the next presidential elections within two weeks. The [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans [official website] announced Friday that that his country will temporarily suspend [press release] processing all asylum claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Evans, a cabinet minister under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd [official website], said that Afghani and Sri Lankan asylum seekers would be denied [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (MDL) [official website] on Friday consolidated [order, PDF] more than 150 [Reuters report] pending lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive] and transferred them to the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website]. The MDL [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF; press release ] Friday accusing the government of committing human rights violations against the victims of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. The group criticized the response of officials at the local, state, and federal levels for being overly [read more]

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