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Legal news from Friday, August 27, 2010
by Zach Zagger

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) on Thursday filed the state's opening brief in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, asking the court to lift the preliminary injunction blocking Arizona's controversial immigration law from taking full effect. In the brief, Arizona argues that the preliminary …

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by Matt Glenn

An Iranian court has sentenced Qorban Behzadiannejad, the campaign manager for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi during the 2009 election, to five years in prison, opposition website Kaleme reported Friday. The report does not identify the charges against Behzadiannejad. The former campaign manager was …

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by Brian Jackson

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) concluded its 77th session Friday by expressing concern with the discrimination faced by Roma migrants in numerous European countries, focusing on France's recent expulsion policy. The committee's concern was not limited to France's expulsion policy, but also included the behavior of politicians, including …

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by Matt Glenn

Members of the UN Security Council expressed "outrage" Thursday over a recent mass rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), calling for justice for the victims. UN representatives allege that Congolese rebel groups Mai Mai and the Democratic Liberation Force of Rwanda (FDLR) raped …

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by Brian Jackson

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday appealed a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that the agency's television indecency rule is unconstitutionally vague in violation of the First Amendment. The July appellate court decision further held that the FCC's rule, which allowed broadcasters to be fined …

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by Megan McKee

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki signed a new constitution into law Friday as part of a reform movement aimed at curbing vast presidential powers. Kenya's new constitution includes numerous checks on presidential authority, among which are the creation of a supreme court and senate. The constitution also requires reforms to the nation's …

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by Daniel Makosky

US District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled Wednesday that the Nebraska Supreme Court should be the first forum to address a city of Fremont ordinance banning the hiring, harboring or renting of property to illegal immigrants. The order requests that the parties attempt to agree upon the language of a question …

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by Daniel Makosky

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic announced Thursday that Spanish officials extradited accused Montenegrin war criminal Veselin Vlahovic to Sarajevo. Vlahovic, known as the "monster of Grbavica," is wanted on three international arrest warrants, including one for the rape, torture and murder of more than 100 women and children during …

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