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Legal news from Thursday, October 14, 2010
by Megan McKee

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) announced Thursday that it will review the involvement of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in the extraordinary rendition and torture of Khaled El-Masri by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). On orders from the US, in 2003, Macedonian authorities …

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by Drew Singer

Rwandan police on Thursday arrested opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, accusing her of being involved in the formation of a terrorist organization. Ingabire was implicated, authorities say, during investigations into the activities of a man who was a former commander of a Hutu militia group operating in neighboring Congo. Ingabire was also …

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by Megan McKee

Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI) and the International Crisis Group (ICG), on Thursday declined an invitation from Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to testify before the probe investigating the end of the nation's civil war. In rejecting the LLRC's invitation the groups stated:While we would welcome the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the words "one state under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance do not violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution, upholding a 2009 district court opinion. A Texan couple filed the suit against the state, arguing that the …

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by Jay Carmella

The Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled Wednesday that a witness does not have to remove her niqab unless the failure to do so will prevent the accused from receiving a fair trial. The court stopped short of issuing a ruling that would require all courts to follow in a …

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by Jay Carmella

The Indonesian Constitutional Court on Wednesday overturned a law that has allowed the Indonesian government to ban books it deemed controversial for nearly 50 years. The court found that giving the Attorney General the authority to ban books violated the Indonesian Constitution by …

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by Erin Bock

Attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia announced Wednesday that they have formed a bipartisan group called the Mortgage Foreclosure Multistate Group (MFMG), which will be investigating allegations of procedural defects committed by mortgage loan companies during foreclosure processes. The group also includes state bank and mortgage regulators. In a joint statement, …

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