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Legal news from Monday, May 17, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

US President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, aimed at promoting worldwide press freedom and drawing attention to countries where journalists are threatened, harmed, or censored. The law requires the secretary of state to submit an annual report to Congress detailing a description of the …

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by Sarah Miley

The appeals court for Iraq's Justice and Accountability Commission on Monday overturned a ban on nine newly elected members of parliament accused of having ties to the banned Baath Party.The ad hoc commission was created to eliminate Iraqi officials with potential connections to regime of Saddam Hussein, who led the Baath party during his …

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by Hillary Stemple

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday filed a class action lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona seeking an injunction against the implementation of the recently passed Arizona immigration law. The ACLU is joined in the lawsuit by several …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday held in Graham v. Florida that the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishments prohibits the imprisonment of a juvenile for life without the possibility of parole as punishment for the juvenile's commission of a non-homicide offense. The First …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in Abbott v. Abbott that a ne exeat clause, which prohibits one parent from removing a child from the country without the other parent's consent, confers a "right of custody" within the meaning of the Hague Convention on International Child …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-2 in United States v. Comstock that mentally ill sex offenders may be civilly committed beyond their prison sentences. The court upheld the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act [18 USC s. 4248 text], which allows a district court to order …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in one case. In Wall v. Kholi [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether a state court sentence-reduction motion consisting of a plea for leniency constitutes an "application for State post-conviction or other collateral review" under 28 USC s. 2244(d)(2), …

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by Sarah Miley

Pakistan's Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday ordered the principal secretary for President Asif Ali Zardari principle secretary to appear before the court in order to explain how Zardari is able to effectively serve as president while also leading the country's ruling party. The petition was filed by the Pakistan Lawyers Forum, …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Chinese appeals court on Monday upheld the convictions of three Chinese citizens convicted in March of receiving bribes and stealing commercial secrets while employed by Australian mining company Rio Tinto. The men, Wang Yong, Ge Minqiang, and Liu Caikui, were sentenced to between seven and 14 years in prison for accepting around USD $13.5 …

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