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Legal news from Tuesday, June 22, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

The Mexican government on Tuesday filed an amicus curiae brief with the US District Court for the District of Arizona asking that the recently passed Arizona immigration law be declared unconstitutional. The brief was filed in support of the petitioners in a class action lawsuit filed …

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by Dwyer Arce

The 2010 Failed States Index was released Monday, describing state failure as a "chronic condition" after finding that the same group of countries have occupied the top 10 spots as failed states for the last six years. The index is published by Foreign Policy Magazine (FP) and the Fund for Peace …

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by Sarah Miley

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Tuesday ordered a preliminary injunction against a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling issued last month by the Obama administration in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The suit was filed by small …

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by Hillary Stemple

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday appointed a three-member panel to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war. The panel will be investigating alleged wartime abuses of civilians by both the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) …

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by Drew Singer

US lawyer and JURIST Forum contributor Peter Erlinder returned to the US Tuesday after spending 21 days in a Rwandan prison. Upon his return, Erlinder stated his belief that had he not requested to contact the US embassy shortly before his detention, he would not have survived. He also said …

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by Sarah Miley

The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned jail sentences for 13 ultra-Orthodox Jewish mothers charged with contempt for disobeying a court order on school integration in the West Bank settlement of Immanuel. The court delayed jail sentences for an additional nine mothers in order to allow the women to care for their families while their …

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by Sarah Miley

The Afghan Office of the President announced Tuesday that the UN will gradually begin to remove Taliban officials who have renounced al Qaeda from the organization's blacklist. The blacklist freezes assets and limits travel of senior figures linked to the Taliban. The announcement followed a meeting in Kabul between diplomats …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Australian government reinstated its Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) in the Northern Territory on Tuesday after the Senate approved the legislation as part of a Social Security Act late Monday. The discrimination laws were suspended by the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act (NTER) in 2007 in order to allow governmental authorities …

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by Dwyer Arce

A Zimbabwean court on Monday denied bail to human rights activist Farai Maguwu, who is being held for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP). In denying the bail request, Judge Chinembiri Bhunu of the Harare High Court cited the severity of …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A team of Belgian lawyers on Monday filed a complaint in a Brussels court against 12 Belgian officials accused of planning the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically-elected leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The complaint was filed only one week before the DRC celebrates its fiftieth year of independence from Belgian …

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by Hillary Stemple

Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty Monday to 10 counts of terrorism and weapons charges relating to last month's attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square. Appearing before Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, Shahzad was asked a …

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by Dwyer Arce

The voters of Fremont, Nebraska on Monday passed an ordinance banning the hiring, harboring or renting property to illegal immigrants. The voters of the eastern Nebraska community of 25,000 approved the ordinance with 57 percent in favor. It requires all employers in the city to register for the E-Verify program …

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by Ann Riley

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced Monday that he will lead a multistate investigation into whether Google violated privacy laws while collecting information over Wi-Fi networks for its Street View maps. Blumenthal said he sent a letter to the corporation last week requesting additional detailed information on …

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