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Legal news from Thursday, April 29, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two lawsuits were filed Tuesday challenging Arizona's new immigration law, which makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant and requires police to question anyone whose immigration status appears suspect. Arizona police officer Martin Escobar filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona, alleging that SB 1070 is unconstitutional …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two lawsuits were filed Tuesday challenging Arizona's new immigration law, which makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant and requires police to question anyone whose immigration status appears suspect. Arizona police officer Martin Escobar filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona, alleging that SB 1070 is unconstitutional …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, filed suit Thursday in Myanmar's Supreme Court to stop the dissolution of her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) under a controversial election law. Suu Kyi is asking the court to annul the part of the election law that bars political prisoners …

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by Jonathan Cohen

A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at curbing foreign and corporate influence in elections after a recent Supreme Court decision eased restrictions on campaign spending. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court struck down Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Belgian House of Representatives on Thursday voted 136-0 to approve a bill that would ban the Islamic burqa and other full face veils in public. The proposed legislation applies to areas "accessible to the public" or areas meant for "public use or to provide public services." Violators could …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Ukrainian prosecutors said Thursday that they may file criminal charges in connection with Tuesday's Parliament session in which lawmakers hurled eggs and smoke bombs and engaged in physical violence. Chaos broke out Tuesday as lawmakers approved a treaty that will extend Russia's lease on a naval base in the …

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by Brian Jackson

The Chinese government on Thursday revised its often-criticized state secrets law to require Internet and telecommunications companies to inform on customers who share state secrets. This new provision may provide a disincentive to many service providers from entering China, particularly when considered along with China's Internet filtering laws. The new law also …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, filed suit Thursday in Myanmar's Supreme Court to stop the dissolution of her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) under a controversial election law. Suu Kyi is asking the court to annul the part of the election law that bars political prisoners …

[read more]
by Jonathan Cohen

A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at curbing foreign and corporate influence in elections after a recent Supreme Court decision eased restrictions on campaign spending. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court struck down Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) …

[read more]
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Ukrainian prosecutors said Thursday that they may file criminal charges in connection with Tuesday's Parliament session in which lawmakers hurled eggs and smoke bombs and engaged in physical violence. Chaos broke out Tuesday as lawmakers approved a treaty that will extend Russia's lease on a naval base in the …

[read more]
by Brian Jackson

The Chinese government on Thursday revised its often-criticized state secrets law to require Internet and telecommunications companies to inform on customers who share state secrets. This new provision may provide a disincentive to many service providers from entering China, particularly when considered along with China's Internet filtering laws. The new law also …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday removed accused Bosnian civil war criminal Marko Boskic to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Boskic will stand trial in Sarajevo for his role in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, where 1,200 unarmed prisoners of war were killed. Boskic was …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that the UK may not restrict government benefits to the spouses and families of suspected terrorists. The challenge was brought by three women whose husbands' names appear on the UN list of terror suspects that have been linked to al Qaeda, the Taliban, or …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday removed accused Bosnian civil war criminal Marko Boskic to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Boskic will stand trial in Sarajevo for his role in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, where 1,200 unarmed prisoners of war were killed. Boskic was …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that the UK may not restrict government benefits to the spouses and families of suspected terrorists. The challenge was brought by three women whose husbands' names appear on the UN list of terror suspects that have been linked to al Qaeda, the Taliban, or …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said Wednesday that his government will seek the extradition of former military leader Manuel Noriega, currently being held in France on money laundering charges. Noriega faces charges of human rights violations in Panama for crimes allegedly committed during his 1981-1989 rule. He was convicted on …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said Wednesday that his government will seek the extradition of former military leader Manuel Noriega, currently being held in France on money laundering charges. Noriega faces charges of human rights violations in Panama for crimes allegedly committed during his 1981-1989 rule. He was convicted on three …

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