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Legal news from Wednesday, June 30, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

A London appeals court on Wednesday granted convicted terrorist Rangzieb Ahmed the right to appeal his conviction based on his claims of torture and recent reports of UK complicity in torture. Ahmed was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2008 on charges of directing terrorism under the UK's Terrorism Act of 2006. The …

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by Sarah Miley

US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan addressed the effect of political bias on the bench as the Senate Judiciary Committee entered its third day of confirmation hearings. Kagan stated that the nation suffers when the court is split and appears to be politically driven but stopped short of criticizing the Roberts …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Spanish Constitutional Court on Wednesday agreed to consider whether recently-approved changes to Spain's abortion laws are constitutional. Under the new law, abortions performed in the first 14 weeks of gestation are declared a right, and abortions are allowed until 22 weeks if the mother's life is in …

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by Sarah Miley

An Iranian military court has sentenced two men to death by hanging for killing three anti-government protesters in prison, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Wednesday. Nine others were sentenced to prison terms, and one suspect was acquitted. The men were charged with torturing and eventually killing Mohammad Kamrani, …

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by Drew Singer

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. A voter challenged the passing of a referendum banning both same-sex marriages and civil unions, claiming that each type of union should have received its own vote as per a Wisconsin separate amendment rule. …

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by Hillary Stemple

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he is considering widening the scope of the internal probe into the May Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip. Earlier this month, Netanyahu appointed former Israeli Supreme Court justice Yakov Turkel to head the investigation, …

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by Sarah Miley

The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the 1998 Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into English law, does not apply to armed forces on foreign soil and that a soldier's family does not have an automatic right to an investigation into cause of death …

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by Hillary Stemple

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Tuesday released a report detailing the ongoing problem of human trafficking in Europe. According to the report, European criminal organizations make a yearly profit of around $3 billion from trafficking humans for sexual exploitation or forced labor. The report also found that at a minimum, 140,000 …

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by Sarah Miley

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D) on Monday signed an immigration bill [SB 1141/HB 670 text, PDF] into law that will require police to check the legal status of people who have been arrested and report those who are in the US illegally. The law was created to combat illegal immigration in Tennessee and enhance …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) on Tuesday called for an inquiry into possible civil liberties violations during the Toronto Group of 20 (G-20) summit. The group released a preliminary report on security measures, condemning some police conduct during the summit as "disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive." The CCLA also criticized the …

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by Sarah Miley

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday terminated the appellate proceedings in the case of former Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) army commander Rasim Delic, who died in April while on provisional release in Sarajevo. Delic was convicted in …

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by Patrice Collins

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Tuesday ruled in favor of Merck & Co. in a lawsuit filed by the state of Louisiana over reimbursements for the prescription painkiller Vioxx. Louisiana had argued that it would have restricted the sales of Vioxx through state …

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by Erin Bock

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported Tuesday that there have been more than 100 incidents of political surveillance and harassment by authorities in 33 states since 9/11. The report is broken down by state and lists incidents ranging from undercover police officers attending protests to authorities arresting individuals for …

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