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Legal news from Wednesday, April 28, 2010
by Tara Tighe

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have exempted buyers of Oklahoma-made guns from several regulatory precautions including federal criminal background checks. Henry believes that the proposed legislation would "endanger citizens and law enforcement officers" by abolishing "common sense regulations" like background checks and giving criminals easy access …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Moscow City Court ruled Tuesday that the Slavic Union (SS) violates Russia's extremism laws, banning the organization. The SS, whose initials are the same as the Nazi paramilitary, was one of Russia's largest neo-Nazi organizations. City prosecutors initiated the action, accusing the group of promoting nationalistic supremacy similar to the ideology of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Russian government on Wednesday made public documents relating to the 1940 Katyn Massacre in which 20,000 Poles were killed by the USSR. While the documents were previously available to historians, political officials, and victims' families, this is the first time that copies of the original documents have been …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A US subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on the use of unmanned predator drone strikes. The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on the legality of unmanned targeting. In his opening remarks, subcommittee chair John Tierney (D-MA) said:The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A US subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on the use of unmanned predator drone strikes. The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on the legality of unmanned targeting. In his opening remarks, subcommittee chair John Tierney (D-MA) said:The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Doe #1 v. Reed on whether the First Amendment allows a state to compel the release of identity information about petition signers. The case arose over an order to publish the names of those …

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by Tara Tighe

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have exempted buyers of Oklahoma-made guns from several regulatory precautions including federal criminal background checks. Henry believes that the proposed legislation would "endanger citizens and law enforcement officers" by abolishing "common sense regulations" like background checks and giving criminals easy access …

[read more]
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Russian government on Wednesday made public documents relating to the 1940 Katyn Massacre in which 20,000 Poles were killed by the USSR. While the documents were previously available to historians, political officials, and victims' families, this is the first time that copies of the original documents have been …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Doe #1 v. Reed on whether the First Amendment allows a state to compel the release of identity information about petition signers. The case arose over an order to publish the names of those …

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by Brian Jackson

The Chinese government announced Tuesday that it has lifted a ban on entry into that country for individuals with HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. The ban was originally implemented under the Frontier Health and Quarantine Law and the Law on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens, both passed in 1987. The ban had temporarily …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Moscow City Court ruled Tuesday that the Slavic Union (SS) violates Russia's extremism laws, banning the organization. The SS, whose initials are the same as the Nazi paramilitary, was one of Russia's largest neo-Nazi organizations. City prosecutors initiated the action, accusing the group of promoting nationalistic supremacy similar to the ideology of …

[read more]
by Zach Zagger

The Japanese Diet on Tuesday approved a bill abolishing the statute of limitations for murder. The new law abolishes the statute of limitations for serious capital crimes, which was previously 25 years, and extends the limitation period for sexual assault and other crimes resulting in death from 15 to 30 years. The law also doubles prison …

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by Zach Zagger

Iraqi detainees were repeatedly tortured in a secret prison in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. HRW says that detainees held at the Muthanna facility, run by Iraqi authorities, were hung upside-down, deprived of air, kicked, whipped, beaten, given electric shocks, and sodomized during torture sessions that detainees faced every three to four days. HRW interviewed …

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by Brian Jackson

The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Resolution 1918, calling on member states to criminalize piracy under their domestic laws and urging Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to consider an international tribunal for prosecuting piracy. In the resolution, the Security Council noted its previous resolutions regarding piracy, particularly piracy off the coast of Somalia [JURIST news …

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by Brian Jackson

The Chinese government announced Tuesday that it has lifted a ban on entry into that country for individuals with HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. The ban was originally implemented under the Frontier Health and Quarantine Law and the Law on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens, both passed in 1987. The ban had temporarily …

[read more]
by Zach Zagger

The Japanese Diet on Tuesday approved a bill abolishing the statute of limitations for murder. The new law abolishes the statute of limitations for serious capital crimes, which was previously 25 years, and extends the limitation period for sexual assault and other crimes resulting in death from 15 to 30 years. The law also doubles prison …

[read more]
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Tuesday released a manual for military commission procedures under the Military Commissions Act of 2009. The manual establishes the rules of evidence and procedure for the commissions, allowing for the admission of certain hearsay evidence and defining "material support" for terrorism. The manual's …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Tuesday released a manual for military commission procedures under the Military Commissions Act of 2009. The manual establishes the rules of evidence and procedure for the commissions, allowing for the admission of certain hearsay evidence and defining "material support" for terrorism. The manual's …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in Salazar v. Buono that the lower courts were wrong to ban government from transferring public land containing a religious symbol to a private entity. The court also held that an individual has Article III standing to bring a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Canadian House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken ruled Tuesday that members of Parliament have the right to seek uncensored Afghan detainee documents from the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The historic ruling is a significant victory for opposition parties over Harper's minority Conservative government. In his ruling, Milliken said:The Chair must conclude …

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by Zach Zagger

Iraqi detainees were repeatedly tortured in a secret prison in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. HRW says that detainees held at the Muthanna facility, run by Iraqi authorities, were hung upside-down, deprived of air, kicked, whipped, beaten, given electric shocks, and sodomized during torture sessions that detainees faced every three to four days. HRW interviewed …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in Salazar v. Buono that the lower courts were wrong to ban government from transferring public land containing a religious symbol to a private entity. The court also held that an individual has Article III standing to bring a …

[read more]
by Brian Jackson

The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved Resolution 1918, calling on member states to criminalize piracy under their domestic laws and urging Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to consider an international tribunal for prosecuting piracy. In the resolution, the Security Council noted its previous resolutions regarding piracy, particularly piracy off the coast of Somalia [JURIST news …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Canadian House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken ruled Tuesday that members of Parliament have the right to seek uncensored Afghan detainee documents from the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The historic ruling is a significant victory for opposition parties over Harper's minority Conservative government. In his ruling, Milliken said:The Chair must conclude …

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