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Legal news from Sunday, May 2, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

Rallies were held nationwide on Saturday to protest the passage of the recent Arizona immigration law and call for federal immigration reform. Tens of thousands of protesters held rallies and vigils in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Chicago, and 70 other cities throughout the US. The largest of the protests was …

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by Dwyer Arce

European Parliament Vice President Silvana Koch-Mehrin expressed her support for a continent-wide ban on the Islamic burqa in an editorial published Saturday in the German daily Bild. Koch-Mehrin, a member of the Free Democratic Party representing Germany, described the …

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by David Manes

Nine Somali men accused of piracy and other charges pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday. US federal prosecutors charged 11 suspected Somali pirates last month. One of the 11 pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, and the final accused pirate will be arraigned next week. If convicted, the men face life sentences in federal prison. Trials for …

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by David Manes

An Argentinian state prosecutor recommended Friday that all lawsuits arising out of crimes committed under the Francisco Franco regime be dismissed because they are being dealt with in Spain. Prosecutor Federico Delgado explained that while any state may prosecute individuals for crimes against humanity universal jurisdiction applies only if the …

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