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Legal news from Wednesday, June 16, 2010
by Sarah Miley

US President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that BP will subsidize a $20 billion compensation fund to indemnify the workers and business owners harmed as a result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The announcement follows a meeting with BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to discuss containment …

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by Dwyer Arce

The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a control order imposing a 16-hour curfew and requiring the appellant to live 150 miles from his family was a violation of his rights. The appellant, known only as AP, was subjected to the control order in 2008 after being …

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by Drew Singer

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal filed on behalf of former Rwandan Armed Forces Colonel Tharcisse Renzaho. Renzaho was sentenced to life in prison last year after he was convicted of crimes relating to the …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced that a grand jury has indicted the former CEO of mortgage company Taylor, Bean & Whitaker (TWB) on charges of fraud related to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The indictment alleges that Lee Farkas and his co-conspirators engaged in a USD $1.9 …

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by Hillary Stemple

Two Sudanese men suspected of committing war crimes related to the ongoing violence in the Darfur region of Sudan surrendered Wednesday to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain (Banda) and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus (Jerbo) are suspected in connection with the September 2007 attack on African Union (AU) [official …

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by Sarah Miley

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) for Northern Ireland announced Tuesday that it is considering whether to file charges against the British soldiers responsible for civilian casualties in the 1972 Bloody Sunday attack in Londonderry. The Bloody Sunday Inquiry released a report of a 12-year investigation on Tuesday calling the soldiers' actions …

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by Dwyer Arce

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday called for the release of US lawyer and JURIST Forum contributor Peter Erlinder in a letter to Rwanda authorities. Acting on the advice of the UN Office of Legal Affairs, the ICTR asserted in the letter that Erlinder has …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held a hearing to consider the nomination of James Cole for deputy attorney general. Republican members of the committee used the hearing to offer criticism of the Obama administration's approach to fighting terrorism and to question the commitment of the Department …

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by Sarah Miley

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the latest plan of action for tackling the BP oil spill, including the development of a compensation fund, a long-term restoration plan and prevention of future disasters through stronger regulation. Obama will meet with BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg on Wednesday to discuss …

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by Dwyer Arce

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the government of Iraqi Kurdistan to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) in a report published Wednesday. The report, "They Took Me and Told Me Nothing," calls on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to develop a comprehensive legislative plan to reduce FGM in the region …

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by Erin Bock

A group of 69 current and former law school deans have expressed their support for US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, describing her as "superbly qualified" in a letter released Tuesday. The June 7 letter, addressed to Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and ranking member Jeff …

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by Christian Ehret

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) heard arguments Tuesday on behalf of Emmanuel Rukundo, a priest convicted of genocide and other charges last year. The appellate chamber also heard arguments from the prosecution, which is seeking to increase the 25-year sentence to life imprisonment. …

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