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Legal news from Monday, June 14, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

The US State Department (DOS) on Monday released its annual report on human trafficking conditions across the globe, finding that the US adequately complies with international regulations but still has a "'serious problem with human trafficking, both for labor and commercial sexual exploitation." The report also listed 13 countries with the worst records on human …

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by Dwyer Arce

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem on Monday released its annual report, noting an advancement in the rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories but calling for greater improvement. The report, examining the human rights situation of Palestinians since the conclusion of Israel's Operation Cast Lead in …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Barcelona city council on Monday announced the banning of all face coverings, including the burqa, in public areas administered by the city. Barcelona Mayor Jordi Hereu indicated that the ban was put in place out of a concern for public safety, and was not aimed at …

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by Sarah Miley

An anti-constitution rally in Nairobi's Uhuru Park turned deadly on Sunday after two explosions caused a stampede leaving five dead and more than 70 injured. The rally was organized by Christian groups opposed to Kenya's draft constitution because it retains recognition of existing Islamic courts and includes a clause on abortion. Kenyan Prime …

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by Hillary Stemple

Canadian police reported a 35 percent increase in hate crimes from 2007 to 2008, according to a report released Monday. During 2008, police reported 1,036 total hate crimes, with 55 percent motivated by race, 26 percent motivated by religion and 16 percent motivated by sexual orientation. That is up from the 785 total hate crimes reported for …

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by Dwyer Arce

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday called for an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, which it labeled a violation of international humanitarian law. The organization described the blockade as collective punishment, a war crime under Article 33 of the Geneva Conventions, and …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in Astrue v. Ratliff that an award of attorney's fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) [28 USC § 2412] is payable to the prevailing party rather than to the party's attorneys and can therefore …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder that a person convicted under state law for simple drug possession, a federal law misdemeanor, has not been "convicted" of an "aggravated felony" for immigration removal purposes. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-2 in Holland v. Florida that the statute of limitations for a federal habeas corpus petition can be tolled where a state-appointed attorney fails to file in time despite repeated instructions from the client. The court held the one-year time limit for …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in Dolan v. United States that a district court may enter a restitution order beyond the time limit prescribed in 18 USC § 3664(d)(5) if the sentencing court made clear prior to the deadline that restitution would be …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of an order to reduce the California prison population. The court postponed consideration of the question of jurisdiction in Schwarzenegger v. Plata to hear the case on its merits. In August, a special …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Arar v. Ashcroft [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case concerning the US government's extraordinary rendition policy. Canadian citizen Maher Arar asked the court in February to overturn a lower court ruling that …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Sunday announced the closure of approximately 23 miles of the state's coastline to commercial harvesting of saltwater fish, crabs and shrimp out of concern for possible health risks associated with fish from oil-contaminated water. The order went into effect Monday and was issued due to …

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by Dwyer Arce

Kyrgyzstan interim President Roza Otunbayeva on Sunday issued shoot to kill orders to the nation's military as violence continued against ethnic Uzbeks. The orders were issued after the reservists were activated and sent to quell the ethnic conflict that has been primarily focused in the southern cities of Osh and Jalal'abad. The reserves …

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