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Legal news from Friday, July 30, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

The Supreme Court of Croatia on Friday upheld the conviction of former Parliament member Branimir Glavas, but reduced his sentence by two years. Glavas was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2009 for ordering the torture and death of Croatian Serbs …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Philippines President Benigno Aquino signed an executive order Friday to set up a "truth commission" to investigate allegations that the outgoing administration engaged in corruption and rights violations. The commission will look into accusations that former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and members of her administration rigged the 2004 presidential election, …

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by Dwyer Arce

Two prospective third party congressional candidates and six California voters filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to enjoin enforcement of Proposition 14, which alters the primary election system, creating an open primary where only the top two vote-getters would advance to the general election. Proposition 14 was approved by voters last month and …

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by Dwyer Arce

The UN Human Rights Committee on Friday called on Israel to cooperate with an international inquiry into the May flotilla incident, in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip. The committee, charged with monitoring compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights …

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by Dwyer Arce

Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to force Hawaii to recognize same-sex civil unions that offer the same rights as marriage. The complaint, filed on behalf of six same-sex couples, was in response to the veto of legislation earlier this month by …

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by Ann Riley

The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Thursday indicted former Serb policeman Srpko Pustivuk for allegedly committing crimes against civilians during the Bosnian civil war. Pustivuk was arrested on July 13 in Bijeljina and has been held in custody since. According to a statement by the Prosecutor's Office, …

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by Ann Riley

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) on Thursday filed an expedited appeal asking the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to lift the preliminary injunction issued Wednesday against several provisions of a controversial immigration law. The appeal and motion for expedited …

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