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Legal news from Thursday, September 23, 2010
by Megan McKee

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday sentenced Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman convicted of attempting to murder US personnel at the Afghan facility where she was being held, to 86 years in prison. Prosecutors claimed that, while in US custody …

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by Drew Singer

A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced opposition leader Sam Rainsy in absentia to 10 years in prison following his conviction on charges of forging and disseminating a false map of the Cambodia-Vietnam border on his political party's website. The map posted on the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) website …

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by Jay Carmella

The War Crimes Department of the Higher Court in Belgrade on Wednesday sentenced former paramilitary officer Zeljko Djukic to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the deaths of 14 civilians in March 1999 during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. Djukic, a member of the Serbian paramilitary group known as Scorpion …

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by Erin Bock

Israel's interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla violated international law, according to a report released Wednesday by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). After conducting numerous interviews with eye-witnesses and viewing other evidence, the fact-finding mission determined that Israeli forces committed several international law violations, including violations of the International Covenant on Civil …

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by Erin Bock

Florida's Third District Court of Appeal on Wednesday struck down a state law [63.042 text] prohibiting gay couples from adopting, finding that it failed rational basis review and violated the state constitution's equal protection clause. The case was brought by Martin Gill, a gay man who provided foster care for two boys with his partner. …

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