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Legal news from Wednesday, October 20, 2010
by Sarah Miley

A US soldier is currently being held in connection with the fatal shooting on Sunday of a Taliban detainee, who was found dead in a holding cell in Kandahar province, according to US Forces in Afghanistan. The US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and Afghanistan officials have launched individual investigations into the …

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by Sarah Miley

Chairperson of the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) Claudio Grossman on Tuesday urged nations to "reconnect with the values" of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and increase efforts to combat torture. Grossman stated that the need for heightened measures is particularly important …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday condemned a ruling by the UAE Federal Supreme Court affirming a "husband['s] right to discipline his wife" as a violation of UAE treaty obligations. The ruling upheld a man's right to discipline his children and wife as long as he leaves no physical marks. The case involved a man …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The UK Supreme Court set new precedent Wednesday by ruling in favor of recognizing a pre-nuptial agreement during divorce proceedings. The decision affirmed an appellate court decision that honored a pre-nuptial agreement between German heiress Katrin Radmacher and her ex-husband, which was intended to shield her assets. The Supreme Court made …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Indian government introduced a new court system Tuesday that will handle only environmental litigation. The National Green Tribunal, which was established by the Indian Parliament in June under the National Green Tribunal Act, will consist of a chairperson, and a maximum of 20 judicial officers, as well as 20 environmental experts. Environmental Minister Jairam …

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by Ann Riley

Judge Virginia Phillips of the US District Court of the Central District of California on Tuesday denied the Obama administration's request to stay her order requiring the US military to end enforcement of its controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive] policy. Two days after Phillips issued the permanent injunction …

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by Ann Riley

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied the habeas corpus petition of Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainee Obaidullah. While Obaidullah has denied the charges against him, Judge Richard Leon noted that he has changed his story several times. The court cited evidence presented …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The French Court of Cassation ruled Tuesday that all persons in custody of French law enforcement, including terrorism suspects, are entitled to consult with lawyers from the outset of criminal proceedings. Sitting en banc, the court ruled that France's current rules regarding custody contravene the Article 6 …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Tuesday that openly gay men and women are now allowed to sign up to serve in the in US armed forces, following a recent court order striking down the controversial "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The DOD issued a directive …

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