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Legal news from Wednesday, October 13, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Skinner v. Switzer on a convicted prisoner's right to seek access to DNA testing. The issue is whether a convicted prisoner seeking access to biological evidence for DNA testing may assert a civil rights …

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by Sarah Miley

The Stockholm District Court on Wednesday began proceedings in the the country's first war crimes trial of Swedish citizen and former Bosnian prison guard Ahmet Makitan. Makitan is accused of violating the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War by kidnapping people and torturing and insulting prisoners at a camp …

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by Sarah Miley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the Congolese government to arrest Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese general wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. HRW claims that, since January, Ntaganda has been implicated in the assassination of at least eight people, arbitrary arrests of …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday heard opening statements in the first civilian trial of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. An attorney for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani argued during the opening statements that al Qaeda took advantage of Ghailani's youth and that Ghailani …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) released a decision last week that allows the Rwandan government to pursue charges against US lawyer and JURIST Forum contributor Peter Erlinder. In a reversal of a previous statement, the ICTR decided that Erlinger was charged …

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by Ann Riley

The US Department of Justice on Tuesday filed two notices of appeal in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The notices of appeal do not specify the DOJ's arguments in support of the law, which will …

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by Ann Riley

The French National Assembly on Tuesday voted 294-239 to adopt a controversial immigration bill [No. 542 text, in French; materials, in French] that would would strip criminals born in other countries of their French nationality if they have been convicted of violent crimes against police officers. The French Senate will consider …

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by Daniel Richey

Judge Virginia Phillips of the US District Court of the Central District of California on Tuesday ordered the US military to end enforcement of its controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The order comes a little more than a month after the court declared the policy unconstitutional …

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by Daniel Richey

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday the end of a six-month moratorium on certain types of deepwater oil drilling some seven weeks ahead of schedule. In a letter issuing the order to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) director Michael Bromwich, Salazar said that new …

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