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Legal news from Monday, August 30, 2010
by Brian Jackson

The Sri Lankan cabinet on Monday approved proposed constitutional reforms that would permit current President Mahinda Rajapaksa to seek an unlimited number of terms in office. The current number of terms for the executive, codified within Chapter VII of the Sri Lankan Constitution, is limited to two. The proposed amendment now moves to the …

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by Matt Glenn

Defense lawyers for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba argued before the International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday that Bemba lacks the financial resources to ensure a fair trial over war crimes he allegedly committed in 2002 and 2003. Bemba's lawyers claim that prosecutors have seized all …

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by Ann Riley

A forthcoming UN report claims that troops from Rwanda and allied rebels committed crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that could be classified as genocide if proven by the appropriate court, according to media reports. The draft report, first publicized by French newspaper Le Monde last week, documents the extreme …

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by Brian Jackson

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Friday called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove any mention of Arizona and its passage of SB 1070 from a human rights report issued by the State Department. The report, submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi has been named by multiple Iranian news sources as one of three top judicial officials who were suspended in connection with the torture deaths of three detained protesters, multiple Iranian media outlets reported Monday. The suspensions were announced last week, but the names of the officials had been withheld. According to …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on Sunday urged Kenya to reaffirm its commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC) after it welcomed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to a celebration for the country's adoption of a new constitution last week. In his statement, Annan …

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by Erin Bock

Microsoft Corporation on Friday asked the US Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling [cert. petition, PDF] of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas finding that the company committed patent infringement and awarding Canadian-based software company i4i $290 million dollars in damages. i4i …

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by Erin Bock

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a decision issued last year by the US Court of Federal Claims finding insufficient evidence to establish a link between childhood vaccines and autism in three test cases. The decision focused on the case of 15-year-old Michelle Cedillo, who …

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