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Legal news from Friday, April 23, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) on Friday signed into law a controversial bill that would require any individual suspected of being an illegal immigrant to present valid identification to law enforcement officials. The bill gives police officers permission to determine the immigration status of any individual who arouses reasonable suspicion, criminalizes the …

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by Daniel Richey

Officials from the UK Ministry of Justice announced Friday that the government will award compensation to Lotfi Raissi, an Algerian-born UK man wrongfully detained in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Raissi was jailed in September 2001 on a US extradition warrant after being indicted by a federal grand jury on accusations that he …

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by Jonathan Cohen

US federal prosecutors have charged a group of 11 suspected Somali pirates in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to indictments unsealed Friday. The US District Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia filed separate charges against two different groups of suspected pirates. Charges [indictment, …

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by Zach Zagger

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) unveiled a draft proposal Thursday that would make limited commercial whaling legal for the first time in 25 years. The proposal reflects a compromise for the countries that engage in whaling despite international law against it. Japan, Norway, and Iceland would be allowed to continue under strict …

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by Steve Dotterer

US President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed opposition to a pending Arizona bill that would require any individual suspected of being an illegal immigrant to present valid identification to law enforcement officials. In remarks delivered at a naturalization ceremony, Obama stated that failure to enact federal immigration reform has given rise to laws …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Azerbaijan's government to "secure the immediate release" of imprisoned Azeri journalist Eynulla Fatuallyev and pay him over 25,000 euros in compensation. Fatuallyev has been imprisoned since April 2007 and was convicted in Azerbaijan of committing defamation and tax evasion and inciting terror and …

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by Patrice Collins

A top Chinese official on Thursday appealed to the nation's judges, urging them to be impartial when issuing rulings. Speaking in front of a national meeting of high court presidents in the Shaanxi Province, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China official Zhou Yongkang stressed the importance of fair and …

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by Daniel Makosky

A military appeals court on Thursday reversed the conviction of US Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III for the 2006 killing of an Iraqi civilian, citing lack of a fair trial. In an 8-1 decision, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the departure of one of Hutchins's primary attorneys shortly before the court-martial …

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by David Manes

US President Barack Obama on Thursday called for new financial regulations, outlining the major components of his proposal. Answering critics who claim that the reforms will increase bailouts, Obama compared the concept behind the proposed financial reforms to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), a government program he says protects confidence in the banking system …

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by Matt Glenn

A Shangai court ruled Thursday that a Chinese insurance company is liable to software company Microsoft for using illegal copies of its products, ordering the insurance company to pay Microsoft USD $318,000 in damages. The $318,000 awarded against Dazhong Insurance is the largest amount of damages [People's Daily report] ever ordered by a Chinese …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that it will appeal last week's ruling that the National Day of Prayer is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. The DOJ filed a notice of appeal Thursday with the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, …

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by Sarah Miley

Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno Ocampo has asked judges to report Sudan to the UN Security Council for failing to comply with arrest warrants for two government officials. Ocampo filed the request Monday for a finding of non-cooperation pursuant to Article 87 of the Rome Statute …

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