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Legal news from Tuesday, October 12, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

The UN Secretary-General's special adviser on maritime piracy Jack Lang called Tuesday for other nations to provide assistance to Kenya in conducting piracy trials. Kenya has expressed fears that it will become a dumping-ground for pirates and allowed an agreement for conducting piracy trials in Kenya to lapse last month. The UN …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth on compensation for injuries caused by childhood vaccines. The question is whether § 22(b)(1) of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which expressly preempts certain design defect claims …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Uganda's Constitutional Court on Tuesday unanimously dismissed treason charges against opposition leader Kizza Besigye and 10 co-defendants, ruling that there was insufficient evidence and that the state had violated the defendants' rights. Besigye had been charged with plotting to forcefully overthrow the Ugandan government between 2001 and 2004 but had always maintained …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in six cases. In the consolidated cases of Camreta v. Greene [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Alford v. Greene [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide how to apply the Fourth Amendment to a child suspected of being sexually abused. The …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Irish High Court ruled Monday that the country does not recognize any laws that would allow Internet services providers to suspend service to customers suspected of Internet piracy. The judgment was issued after the Irish recording industry attempted to have an injunction brought against broadband provider UPC, requiring the company to …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A judge for the US District Court in the District of Arizona on Friday denied motions to dismiss a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the controversial Arizona immigration law. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) and Sheriffs Joe Arpaio and Paul Babeu had filed …

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by Zach Zagger

A UK court began inquests Monday into the July 2005 London transit bombings that killed 52 people and injured 700 others. Lady Justice Hallett is presiding over the inquests with the victims' families to determine whether each death was the result of an unlawful killing under British law. The main issue is …

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