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Legal news from Tuesday, April 20, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Dolan v. United States on whether a district court may enter a restitution order beyond the time limit prescribed in 18 USC § 3664(d)(5). The petitioner, Brian Dolan, attacked a hitchhiker and was …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Russia's Constitutional Court on Monday upheld the practice of trying terrorism cases in the absence of juries. Several Russian citizens had challenged the constitutionality of certain provisions of the country's Criminal Procedure Code, which provided that criminal cases involving crimes under articles 205 (terrorist act), 278 (violent seizure of power or …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Chief Legal Counsel to the UN, Under-Secretary-General Patricia O'Brien, and Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister Sok An said Monday that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) needs financial support from the international community. In a joint statement, O'Brien and Sok expressed concern about the …

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by Sarah Miley

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled Tuesday that Uruguay may continue operating a pulp mill on the River Uruguay despite breaching its treaty obligations to Argentina. The ICJ found that Uruguay did not breach its substantive obligation to Argentina to protect the environment under the 1975 …

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by Ann Riley

The Oklahoma State Senate voted to approve five anti-abortion bills on Monday, sending three to Governor Brad Henry for his approval and returning two to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives. The first bill would prevent "wrongful life" lawsuits in which parents seek damages for a child born with …

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by Hillary Stemple

Two political parties in eastern Sudan on Tuesday accused the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of using voter fraud and intimidation in gaining electoral victories in their region of the country during last week's national elections. Representatives of the Beja Congress party and the Democratic Congress for East Sudan have separately accused members of the NCP [Reuters …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 8-1 in United States v. Stevens that a federal law [18 USC § 48 text] banning depictions of animal cruelty violates the First Amendment. The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the law …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Arizona Senate approved a bill on Monday that would establish one of the strictest illegal immigration policies in the nation, requiring individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants to provide proof of their legal status. The bill proposes giving the police permission to determine the immigration status of any individual who arouses reasonable …

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by Megan McKee

Two Blackwater contractors working for the US Department of Defense will not face the death penalty for the alleged May 2009 shooting of two Afghans at an intersection in Kabul. Justin Cannon of Corpus Christi and Christopher Drotleff of Virginia Beach, were arrested in January and charged with 13 counts related to …

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by Ximena Marinero

Milan judges presiding over the tax fraud trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suspended the trial Monday while consulting with a Constitutional Court on the legitimacy of a new law that Berlusconi has invoked to postpone criminal proceedings against him for 18 months. The case is the …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Indonesian Constitutional Court voted 8-1 Monday to uphold a controversial anti-blasphemy law enacted in 1965 by the first Indonesian president. The court rejected the legal challenge raised by a coalition of human rights groups and social activists supporting the Wahid Organization, a civil organization …

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