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Legal news from Monday, April 26, 2010
by Ximena Marinero

A Haitian judge on Monday dismissed charges of kidnapping and criminal association against all 10 members of a US missionary group arrested in January but ordered one to stand trial for making "irregular travel" arrangements involving 30 Haitian children. Laura Silsby, the only missionary who has not been released by Haitian authorities, will remain in custody [CNN …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., the court heard arguments on whether whether s. 502(g)(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) provides a district court discretion to …

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by Michael Kraemer

Nigerian Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday charged Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Vincent Ogbulafor with a series of corruption and fraud allegations the day before an executive meeting to consider the 2011 PDP candidate. The formalization of charges creates a criminal case against the person with heavy influence over the …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed certification of the largest class action lawsuit in US history against Wal-Mart for allegedly discriminating against female employees. The 6-5 en banc ruling upholds a previous decision by the Ninth Circuit that the lawsuit could go to trial despite …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., the court heard arguments on whether whether § 502(g)(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) provides a district court discretion to …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed certification of the largest class action lawsuit in US history against Wal-Mart for allegedly discriminating against female employees. The 6-5 en banc ruling upholds a previous decision by the Ninth Circuit that the lawsuit could go to trial despite …

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by Patrice Collins

Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent Tibetan writer after he signed a letter critical of the Chinese government's relief efforts following the recent earthquake in the western Qinghai province, a family friend said Monday. Tra Gyal, who writes under the pseudonym Zhogs Dung, was reportedly arrested while working at the Nationalities Publishing House in the …

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by Steve Dotterer

Lawyers for victims of the July 7, 2005 London transit bombings argued on Monday in the Royal Courts of Justice that UK authorities possessed information that could have helped them prevent the attacks. The theory for the case is built on intelligence that British security service MI5 and the London police had uncovered about …

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by Megan McKee

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected the prosecutor's petition to appeal the court's February decision declining to confirm the charges against Darfur rebel chief Bahr Idriss Abu Garda. In a decision released Friday, the chamber recalled its earlier determination that the evidence presented by the …

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by Patrice Collins

Chinese authorities have arrested a prominent Tibetan writer after he signed a letter critical of the Chinese government's relief efforts following the recent earthquake in the western Qinghai province, a family friend said Monday. Tra Gyal, who writes under the pseudonym Zhogs Dung, was reportedly arrested while working at the Nationalities Publishing House in the …

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by Steve Dotterer

Lawyers for victims of the July 7, 2005 London transit bombings argued on Monday in the Royal Courts of Justice that UK authorities possessed information that could have helped them prevent the attacks. The theory for the case is built on intelligence that British security service MI5 and the London police had uncovered about …

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by Megan McKee

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected the prosecutor's petition to appeal the court's February decision declining to confirm the charges against Darfur rebel chief Bahr Idriss Abu Garda. In a decision released Friday, the chamber recalled its earlier determination that the evidence presented by the …

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by Ann Riley

French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Jordan's King Abdullah II met Sunday to discuss increasing cooperation between France and Jordan's judicial and legislative branches and strengthening the ties between the two countries. Alliot-Marie told reporters that France would send legal experts to Jordan to help strengthen its court system. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether the First Amendment permits any limits on offensive content in violent video games sold to minors, and whether a state regulation for displaying offensive, …

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by Dwyer Arce

The recount of votes cast in Baghdad province during the March 7 parliamentary elections will be delayed a week, according to an official on Monday. The Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) will not begin the recount until the review panel ordering the recount defines more precisely what a recount entails. …

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by Ann Riley

French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Jordan's King Abdullah II met Sunday to discuss increasing cooperation between France and Jordan's judicial and legislative branches and strengthening the ties between the two countries. Alliot-Marie told reporters that France would send legal experts to Jordan to help strengthen its court system. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether the First Amendment permits any limits on offensive content in violent video games sold to minors, and whether a state regulation for displaying offensive, …

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by Dwyer Arce

The recount of votes cast in Baghdad province during the March 7 parliamentary elections will be delayed a week, according to an official on Monday. The Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) will not begin the recount until the review panel ordering the recount defines more precisely what a recount entails. …

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by Hillary Stemple

Liberian Justice Minister Christiana Tah has said that a report issued by the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will be reviewed by Liberian officials in order to determine if prosecutions for possible war crimes should proceed. The TRC report, issued last December, detailed crimes committed during Liberia's civil war, including the …

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by Daniel Richey

Thailand's pro-government People's Alliance for Democracy Network, known as "yellow shirts," called Monday for a declaration of martial law to quell the anti-government movement spearheaded by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, or "red shirts." The statement comes after over a month of conflict in Bangkok [JURIST news …

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by Daniel Richey

Thailand's pro-government People's Alliance for Democracy Network, known as "yellow shirts," called Monday for a declaration of martial law to quell the anti-government movement spearheaded by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, or "red shirts." The statement comes after over a month of conflict in Bangkok [JURIST news …

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by Hillary Stemple

Liberian Justice Minister Christiana Tah has said that a report issued by the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will be reviewed by Liberian officials in order to determine if prosecutions for possible war crimes should proceed. The TRC report, issued last December, detailed crimes committed during Liberia's civil war, including the …

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