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Legal news from Wednesday, July 28, 2010
by Daniel Richey

The UK Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that two terrorism suspects can sue the government for damages over wrongfully imposed control orders. The appellants, known only as AF and AE due to the sensitive nature of the intelligence related to their cases, have been fighting their control orders, which confine …

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by Dwyer Arce

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction against several provisions of a controversial Arizona immigration law, which is set to take effect Thursday. The injunction comes at the request of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), …

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by Drew Singer

A Russian court on Wednesday made public a ruling banning access to five websites, including the video-sharing network Youtube, for what it calls extremist elements. A court in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur obliged the local Internet provider Rosnet to block access to the sites in its region of the country, citing Russia's anti-extremism laws. The …

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by Dwyer Arce

Prosecutor Christoph Goeke of the German city of Dortmund announced Wednesday that former Nazi guard Samuel Kunz has been charged in relation to the murder of nearly half a million people during the Nazi regime. Kunz, who has admitted to working at the Belzec concentration camp from 1942-1943, is accused of helping to murder 430,000 Jewish people …

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by Daniel Richey

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security issued an order Monday directing the country's police forces to abandon the practice of publicly shaming suspects and prisoners. The order stems from public response to an incident earlier this month when officers in the southern city of Dongguan paraded roped …

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by Dwyer Arce

Japanese Justice Minister Keiko Chiba on Wednesday announced a review of Japan's death penalty and the opening of execution chambers to the media. The announcement came after Chiba witnessed the execution of two convicts at the Tokyo Detention House. The review will examine the issue of capital punishment from all …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Fremont City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to suspend an ordinance banning hiring, harboring or renting property to illegal immigrants pending the outcome of litigation challenging its constitutionality. The ordinance would require all employers in the city to register for the E-Verify program and would make it a …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Senate on Tuesday failed to end debate over the campaign finance reform legislation. The vote of 57-41 fell short of the supermajority required to overcome a filibuster, and reportedly makes passage before the November elections unlikely, despite statements to the contrary by supporters. Supporters argue …

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by Andrea Bottorff

General Electric Co. (GE) on Tuesday agreed to a $23.5 million settlement after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint accusing GE of bribing Iraqi officials to receive contracts under the UN Oil-for-Food program. The SEC claimed that, between 2000 and 2003, four …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 14 neo-Nazis, including a group leader and several teenagers, to jail terms for committing hate crimes against ethnic minorities in the country. The group leader, 22-year-old Dmitry Orlov, was sentenced to life imprisonment for planning hate crimes as part of Russian National Unity (RNU), a fundamentalist organization promoting …

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