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Legal news from Sunday, June 27, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

Kyrgyzstan interim President Roza Otunbayeva announced Sunday that voters approved a new constitution that will allow the interim government to establish a legitimate government through parliamentary elections in the fall. Otunbayeva will remain the acting president through 2011 when elections will be held to determine the next president, scheduled to take office in …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to stay a district court ruling to lift a six-month moratorium on deep water drilling issued by the Obama administration in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The …

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by Sarah Miley

A federal judge on Saturday ordered the release of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Odaini, who will now be transferred to his homeland of Yemen, despite the Obama administration's ban on repatriation to the Arab nation. In January, the administration suspended all transfers of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen citing security concerns. Judge …

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by Sarah Miley

UN Special Representative to Iraq Ad Melkert on Saturday urged the Iraqi government to ratify the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Melkert's statement, which was delivered on the thirteenth annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, called for increased monitoring and investigation of torture allegations [CNN …

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