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Legal news from Thursday, July 15, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

The US Senate on Thursday voted 60-39 in favor of comprehensive financial reform legislation, sending it to President Barack Obama. The vote on the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 occurred after Democrats garnered the support of Republican Senators Scott Brown (MA), …

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by Dwyer Arce

Kyrgyz interim President Roza Otunbayeva on Thursday issued a decree establishing a commission to investigate last month's ethnic violence against the country's Uzbek population. The commission is comprised of 30 former government officials, human rights activists and professors, headed by former parliament speaker Abdygany Erkebayev. It will consult with government and international experts …

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by Drew Singer

A senior defense lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was shot dead outside of his home Tuesday night. Police say Jwani Mwaikusa was killed, along with his nephew and neighbor, and that the attackers then ransacked Mwaikusa's car, taking a briefcase and some documents. Mwaikusa worked as …

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by Hillary Stemple

Former Democratic Party fundraiser Hassan Nemazee was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in March to charges of bank fraud and wire fraud relating to his orchestration of $292 million pyramid scheme. The federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York also ordered Nemazee to pay $292 …

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by Dwyer Arce

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled 5-4 that the DC Charter was not violated when city officials refused to allow a ballot initiative on same-sex marriage. The court, affirming a ruling of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, found that DC's Human …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Gambian court on Thursday sentenced eight men—six former army officers and two former high-ranking government officials—to death for their roles in a 2009 coup attempt. The men were charged in March with conspiring to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh. The men were found guilty of treason after the prosecution was …

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by Hillary Stemple

Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday ordered the release of accused Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. The announcement comes one week after the court suspended Lubanga's trial, stating that the trial could not proceed until the prosecution obeyed the judge's …

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by Hillary Stemple

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox (R) filed an amicus curiae brief Wednesday on behalf of nine states in support of Arizona in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), seeking to permanently enjoin Arizona's controversial immigration law. …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US military on Thursday transferred control over Camp Cropper to Iraqi authorities as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country next month. Despite the transfer, the US will maintain advisers and inspectors in the detention facility to respond to any allegations of prisoner abuse and will still hold 200 prisoners, including eight …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Argentine Senate on Thursday voted 33-27 to legalize same-sex marriage, making Argentina the first Latin American nation to do so. The legislation, which includes adoption rights for same-sex couples, was approved after 14 hours of debate. President Cristina Fernandez has expressed her support for the …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday approved an amendment, as part of a broader piece of legislation that would bar new offshore drilling and gas permits to any company with a history of violating environmental or workplace safety laws. Under the amendment, any company that has, during the previous …

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by Ann Riley

Connecticut company XPRT Ventures LLC filed suit Tuesday against eBay in the US District Court for the District of Delaware, claiming the infringement of six patents for online auctions and payment systems. According to the complaint, which also names PayPal, Bill Me Later, Shopping.com and StubHub as defendants, XPRT alleges …

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