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Legal news from Friday, May 28, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US House of Representatives voted 229-186 Friday to approve a defense spending bill containing an amendment to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The amendment, added Thursday on a vote of 234-194, would prevent the repeal from …

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by Dwyer Arce

An Indian court on Friday charged Sajjan Kumar, a former member of the Parliament of India in the ruling Congress Party, in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta of the Northeast District of Delhi charged Kumar and five others with conspiracy, murder, dacoity, and …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday refused to order a new evidentiary hearing in the case of five Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay. Instead, in a per curiam decision, the court reinstated its original opinion, which gives political branches exclusive power in determining …

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by Sarah Miley

The Paris Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to be released from jail while awaiting his trial next month. Noriega claimed that he is too well-known to be a flight risk and that because of his partial paralysis and poor health, he is not …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld Arizona laws barring former felons from voting until the completion of probation and the payment of outstanding fines. The Arizona Constitution prohibits those convicted of felonies from voting, and state statute sets out the requirements of re-enfranchisement. The plaintiffs in the case …

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by Sarah Miley

Australian Environmental Protection Minister Peter Garrett announced Friday that the Australian government will file suit against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking an injunction against "scientific whaling" in the Southern Ocean. Australia claims that it has exhausted all possible resolutions available through the International Whaling Commission (IWC), an …

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by Sarah Miley

US President Barack Obama held a press conference Thursday to announce new regulations to mitigate future oil spill disasters and the current plan of action for resolving the crisis created by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The government will be suspending several offshore drilling activities including exploration of …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday advanced compromise legislation to repeal the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy [10 USC s. 654; JURIST news archive], sending it to a vote of the full Congress. The compromise would prevent the repeal from taking effect until the completion of a review to …

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by Dwyer Arce

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released its 2010 Annual Report, highlighting a "global justice gap" caused by influential governments avoiding accountability for human rights abuses. AI was critical of the actions of the Group of 20 (G20) nations, which it described as having a "particular responsibility to set an example," and called on its …

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