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Legal news from Wednesday, May 19, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

The government of Thailand on Wednesday imposed a curfew on Bangkok and other areas of the country in response to violence that erupted when the leader of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, also known as the red shirts, announced an end to the two-month long conflict in Bangkok …

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by Sarah Miley

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday affirmed the contempt conviction of Vojislav Seselj, a Serbian politician and former president of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS). Trial Chamber II found Seselj guilty of contempt last year for authoring …

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by Hillary Stemple

Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Wednesday ended his two-day hunger strike after a spokesperson for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev indicated that Medvedev was familiar with a complaint Khodorkovsky made regarding the three-month extension of his detention. On Monday, Khodorkovsky sent an open letter to Russia's Supreme Court [official website, in …

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by Sarah Miley

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority on Wednesday ordered Internet service providers to block social networking site Facebook in response to a competition created by a group of the website's members entitled "Draw Muhammad Day." The PTA issued the order following a decision by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to block the website …

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by Hillary Stemple

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday reaffirmed his commitment to comprehensive federal immigration reform, calling the recently passed Arizona immigration law "misguided." Obama held a joint press conference with Mexican President Filipe Calderon where he expressed concern that the law could be applied in a discriminatory …

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by Sarah Miley

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday affirmed the acquittal of former Macedonian interior minister Ljube Boskoski, while upholding the sentence imposed against Macedonian police officer Johan Tarculovski for alleged war crimes. In 2008, Boskoski was found not guilty of neglecting his responsibility …

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by Hillary Stemple

The French Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa or other full face veils in public. Under the bill, women who wear the veil can be required by police to show their face, and, if they refuse, they can be forced to attend citizenship classes …

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by Sarah Miley

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced in a committee hearing Wednesday that confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will begin June 28. Leahy's confirmation schedule mirrors the timelines followed for recent nominations, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The schedule should allow …

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by Hillary Stemple

The judiciary oversight committee of the Spanish General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) on Tuesday approved a request by judge Baltasar Garzon allowing him to work with the International Criminal Court (ICC). Garzon was suspended last week by the CGPJ for abusing …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that the Philadelphia Immigration Court has ordered the deportation of former SS guard Anton Geiser to Austria for serving as an armed guard at the Sachsenhausen and the Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II. Geiser, who has been living in southwestern Pennsylvania since 1960, …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Somali man charged with piracy pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of hijacking, kidnapping, and hostage taking related to last April's attack on the US container ship Maersk Alabama. Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was originally charged with five counts relating to the pirate attack on the Alabama, including committing an act …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Senate Judiciary Committee released a bipartisan questionnaire on Tuesday submitted by Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan regarding her prior experience, financial status, potential conflicts of interest, and various other details of her past. The majority of the questionnaire is made up of various cases handled during …

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