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Legal news from Wednesday, July 21, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

A German appeals court announced Wednesday that the government's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (OPC) will be permitted to continue surveillance of members of the country's Left political party. The decision overturned a lower court ruling, which prohibited the monitoring of a member of the Left. In …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Israeli Knesset on Wednesday voted 53-13 to extend a law limiting the ability of Arab-Israelis to bring Palestinian family members into Israel. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, first passed by the Knesset in 2002, allows only Palestinian women 25 years or older and men 35 years or older to …

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by Hillary Stemple

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the country of Chad to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to the country. Al-Bashir was charged last week by the International Criminal Court (ICC) with three counts of genocide in relation to the Darfur …

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by Dwyer Arce

Two lawsuits were filed Wednesday seeking injunctive relief against a Fremont, Nebraska ordinance banning the hiring, harboring or renting property to illegal immigrants. The ordinance, passed by city voters in a referendum last month, requires all employers in the city to register for the E-Verify program and makes …

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by Hillary Stemple

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the Restoring Financial Stability Act into law. The legislation, which focuses on increasing regulation in the financial sector following the recent economic crisis, received final approval by the Senate last week after being approved by the House of Representatives earlier this …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Guinea Supreme Court on Tuesday announced the final election results in last month's presidential election, in which no candidate received enough votes to avoid a runoff. The ruling comes after allegations of fraud in the election, which has been described as Guinea's first free election since attaining independence in 1958. Chief Justice Mamadou Sima …

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by Hillary Stemple

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against BP in a Louisiana state court alleging that the company's negligent actions led to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and that BP was also negligent in its handling of the cleanup of the oil spill. The plaintiffs contend that BP assumed responsibility for the health and …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday allowed Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr to amend his 2004 habeas corpus petition, but refused to lift the stay on the petition pending the conclusion of his military commission. The petition was stayed under a …

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by Hillary Stemple

Human rights organization AIDS-Free World on Wednesday renewed calls for an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into allegations of rape and torture in Zimbabwe prior to the 2008 presidential elections. AIDS-Free World released a report last December, detailing the systematic rape of female supporters of Movement …

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by Dwyer Arce

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday reversed the acquittal of former Kosovo Albanian military leader Ramush Haradinaj and two others. In reversing the acquittal, the appeals chamber ordered a retrial, holding that the trial chamber had erred …

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by Ann Riley

Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies, on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban the burqa and other full face veils, by a vote of 183 to 162 with 2 abstaining. In June, the Senate approved a motion …

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