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Legal news from Friday, June 11, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

The Icelandic Althingi on Friday unanimously passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. The legislation would end the system of registered partnerships that has been in place in Iceland since 1996, replacing it with a gender-neutral marriage law. Additionally, the marriage law contains a religious exception, allowing the Church of Iceland …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Thursday removed Attorney General Conrado Reyes from power. Reyes was appointed to the position by Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom late last month, but he came under close scrutiny earlier this week when the head of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), Carlos Castresana, accused him of …

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by Hillary Stemple

Florida Governor Charlie Crist on Friday vetoed a bill that would have required women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound or listen to a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure would be performed. A woman would be exempt from the requirement only if she could …

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by Sarah Miley

The Italian Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down controversial legislation that imposed increased prison sentences and fines on illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in Italy. The court held that it was unconstitutional to allow judges to impose sentences and fines on illegal immigrants three times greater then those handed down …

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by Dwyer Arce

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that the dissolution of a congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses by a Russian court violates Articles 9 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court found that in enacting the ban, the Russian government denied the congregation its rights to …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Italian Senate on Thursday approved a bill restricting the use of wiretaps and criminalizing the reporting of wiretap transcripts by the news media. Under the proposed legislation, a three-judge panel would be required to grant a wiretap, and the wiretap would only be valid for a two-month period. …

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by Sarah Miley

Four men sentenced to death for the murder of a US Agency for International Development (USAID) official and his driver in Sudan escaped prison on Thursday, according to police officials. John Granville and his Sudanese driver Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama were shot and killed in Khartoum while returning from a New Year's Eve party in January …

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by Dwyer Arce

US Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Wednesday introduced a resolution calling on the Rwandan government to release detained US lawyer and JURIST Forum contributor Peter Erlinder. In a press release, McCollum explained the purpose of the resolution as designed to "prevent ... …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Finnish court on Friday convicted former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba on charges relating to his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, sentencing him to life in prison. Bazaramba had denied charges of involvement in the genocide as well as the 15 counts of murder against him, but the court found …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Taiwan High Court on Friday reduced the life sentence of former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian to 20 years, finding that he had not embezzled as much money as previously thought. Additionally, the court reduced the fine imposed on Chen from NT $200 million (USD $6.2 …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Senate on Thursday defeated a resolution aimed at limiting the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The measure, introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), was defeated by a vote of 53 to 47 with six …

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by Sarah Miley

Nations attending the final day of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute on Friday in Kampala, Uganda, have been unable to reach a consensus on the adoption of the crime of aggression by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The crime of aggression is listed under Article 5 of the Rome Statute along with …

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by Dwyer Arce

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday criticized the country's ban on several Google services, calling for officials to find a legal way to restore access. Gul, in messages posted to his Twitter account, expressed his disapproval of the bans, calling for them to be lifted. Article 5651 …

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