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Legal news from Tuesday, August 3, 2010
by Daniel Richey

The Primary Court for the Afghan Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTV) on Tuesday fined former Afghan police chief General Mohlem $14,000 and sentenced him to 10 years in prison for connections he was found to have with drug traffickers. The sentence is the country's first for a high-ranking government official tied to the drug trade. The tribunal, …

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by Dwyer Arce

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a federal regulation making it a crime to provide legal services to, or on behalf of, individuals labeled Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) without a government-issued license. A SDGT designation is issued by …

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by Dwyer Arce

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed legislation that reduces the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 amends existing law to reduce the current sentencing ratio from 100:1 to 18:1. Under the existing law passed in 1986, an individual possessing five grams of crack cocaine would …

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by Daniel Richey

Speaking to a crowd of students and businesspeople at New York University's Stern School of Business on Tuesday, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner promised a rapid rollout of new rules mandated by the Restoring Financial Stability Act. Signed into law by President Barack Obama last month, the landmark legislation creates …

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by Drew Singer

The Iraqi High Criminal Court said on Tuesday that it has sentenced to death a senior official of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Mezban Khadar Hadi, who was a leader in Saddam's Baath Party, will be executed for draining the country's marshlands …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Monday criticized the abortion laws of the Philippines as a "human rights crisis," resulting in the death of thousands of women annually. In a report, "Forsaken Lives," the reproductive rights group characterizes the Philippines's complete ban on abortion as a violation of women's …

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by Dwyer Arce

A South African court on Tuesday sentenced former INTERPOL president and South African police chief Jackie Selebi to 15 years in prison for corruption. Selebi was convicted of corruption in July for receiving $170,000 in bribes from convicted drug smuggler Glenn Agliotti [Mail & Guardian profile], who was suspected of …

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by Daniel Richey

Former Rwandan regional administrator Dominique Ntawukulilyayo was sentenced by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Tuesday to 25 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Ntawukulilyayo, the former sub-prefect of the southern district of Gisagara, was indicted in 2005 on charges …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Supreme Court of California on Monday held 6-1 that a state ban on preferential hiring practices for minorities and women does not violate the federal Constitution. Justice Kathryn Werdegar, writing for the majority, held that the ban on giving preferential treatment in the awarding of public contracts under the Article I, Section 31 …

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by Ann Riley

A Michigan public interest law firm, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center (GLELC), on Monday sent a notice of intent to file suit to Enbridge, Inc., the Canadian owner of the Michigan pipeline that ruptured on July 26 and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo …

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