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Legal news from Thursday, June 10, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

US President Barack Obama on Thursday called for new oil pollution laws in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Speaking at a meeting of congressional leaders from both political parties, Obama emphasized the need to update the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a piece of legislation that …

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by Drew Singer

New York City reached a settlement Thursday with the 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers who became sick or injured from responding to the 9/11 attacks. The agreement follows two failed settlement attempts between the parties. The city's insurer, WTC Captive Insurance Company, has agreed to pay the plaintiffs $712.5 million, up …

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by Sarah Miley

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday upheld a defendant's right to a publication ban that applies to the evidence and information produced at a bail hearing. Canadian media organizations have claimed that the statutory ban, codified under § 517 of Canada's criminal code, is a direct violation of the freedom of expression guaranteed …

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by Hillary Stemple

Forty-three countries on Wednesday announced their support for a new set of guidelines to ensure a more diligent effort is made to return real property seized by the Nazis during the Holocaust to its rightful owners or heirs. The guidelines, first proposed at last year's Holocaust Era Assets Conference, are legally non-binding, …

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by Dwyer Arce

A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the city could withhold documents related to the arrest of 1,800 protesters during the 2004 Republican National Convention. In granting the city's petition for a writ of mandamus, the appeals court held that the lower court …

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by Hillary Stemple

Several human rights and civil liberties groups on Wednesday filed a formal complaint with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) calling for an official investigation into a recent report alleging that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) engaged in illegal human experimentation as part of the Bush administration's enhanced interrogation [JURIST news …

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by Sarah Miley

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday convicted seven senior Bosnian Serb officials of war crimes against Bosnian Muslims committed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Military security chiefs Vujadin Popovic and Ljubisa Beara were convicted of genocide, extermination, murder and persecution and sentenced to life …

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by Sarah Miley

A Colombian judge on Wednesday issued a landmark judgment against army colonel Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega for the forced disappearance of 11 people after the 1985 hostage situation at the Palace of Justice in Bogota, sentencing him to 30 years in prison. The palace siege was one of the deadliest incidents during the decades of internal conflict in Bogota, …

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by Dwyer Arce

California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 14, which alters the primary election system, creating an open primary where only the top two vote-getters would advance to the general election. The ballot initiative was approved by 54.2 percent of voters and changes elections to create a system in which all candidates for a state or federal elective office …

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by Hillary Stemple

A bipartisan group of US senators on Wednesday introduced the Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act, which would give presidents the authority to use a modified version of the line-item veto in order to cut spending. In a process known as expedited rescission, the president could single out non-entitlement spending items and earmarks in legislation and return the …

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by Erin Bock

Amnesty International (AI) urged world leaders to strengthen the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to meet international human rights standards in a report released Wednesday. The report, From Promises to Delivery, focuses on three main areas where governments can improve the MDGs during the coming review conference. These include gender equality, maternal …

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by Erin Bock

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a permanent injunction against the display of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses. The displays, called "Foundations of Law and Government," contain eight other documents in addition to the Ten Commandments, including the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, …

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