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Legal news from Wednesday, May 26, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on Wednesday introduced legislation that would establish a single national securities regulatory body to replace the current system managed by individual provinces and territories. The Canadian Securities Act would establish the Canadian Securities Regulatory Authority (CSRA), replacing the current "passport" system, which allows provincial authorities to issue …

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by Sarah Miley

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday reported Sudan to the UN Security Council for lack of cooperation in the pursuit of alleged war criminals Ahmad Harun and Ali Kushayb. ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I released a decision asking the Security Council to take any steps it …

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by Dwyer Arce

A Peruvian judge on Tuesday ordered the release of Lori Berenson, a US citizen held since 1995 for collaboration with a Marxist rebel organization. Judge Jessica Leon Yarango cited good behavior, Berenson's renunciation of violence, and the completion of "re-education, rehabilitation and re-socialization," in deciding to grant parole. Berenson will not be allowed …

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by Sarah Miley

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini announced Tuesday that Italy will take two more detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The announcement came during a meeting the US officials from the National Security Council, including National Security Adviser James Jones. Italy's Interior Ministry will review profiles of potential transferees before …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 88-9 to put a constitutional amendment purporting to exempt state residents from the federal health care law on the November ballot. The vote comes after the Oklahoma Senate voted 30-13 in favor of the ballot initiative earlier this month. …

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by Sarah Miley

A lawyer for ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Wednesday filed an appeal against an arrest warrant issued Tuesday on charges of terrorism. Thaksin is accused of involvement in the the recent political violence in Bangkok, as the figurehead of the pro-democracy protesters known as the …

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by Sarah Miley

The family of war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic will file a claim in the Belgrade District Court seeking to have the former military leader declared officially dead, according to Serbian media reports Tuesday. This declaration would allow Mladic's family to collect his state pension and sell …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Oklahoma Senate voted 33-15 Tuesday to override the veto of bill that would require women seeking an abortion to complete a questionnaire. The vote comes a day after the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 84-13 to override the veto, allowing the proposed legislation to …

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