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Legal news from Saturday, April 17, 2010
18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] voted 437-0 Friday to approve a bill giving amnesty to veterans as well as concentration camp and Leningrad siege survivors for most crimes committed during World War II by. If approved in the upper house, the bill would apply [UPI report] [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former commander of the Bosnian army during the 1992-1994 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive] Rasim Delic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; Trial Watch profile] died Friday of cancer in his home. Delic was awaiting a decision from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website, JURIST news [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Arkansas judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a state law prohibiting all unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children violates the Arkansas Constitution [text, PDF]. Critics claimed that the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act of 2008 [ACLU backgrounder], or Initiated Act I, was discriminatory because it prohibited [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury on Friday indicted [press release] five former Blackwater [JURIST news archive] executives on charges of weapons violations and lying to criminal investigators. The 15-count indictment [LAT report] charges five former executives, including former president Gary Jackson, with giving away certain weapons to the King of [read more]

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