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Legal news from Wednesday, October 27, 2010
by Ann Riley

The South Korean National Human Rights Commission (NHRCK) has determined that the provision of the military penal code banning same-sex relationships is unconstitutional, according to a report released Wednesday. Under Article 92 of the South Korean Military Criminal Code, same-sex relationships among soldiers are punishable for up to one year in prison and forced retirement. …

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by Ann Riley

Polish prosecutors investigating the secret CIA prison in Poland on Wednesday gave Saudi terror suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri victim status, recognizing the validity of his claims that he was mistreated by interrogators. According to ex-CIA officials, al-Nashiri, accused of bombing the USS Cole, was tortured by the agency …

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by Sarah Miley

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a meeting Wednesday that the government will not allow the prosecution of low-ranking Khmer Rouge officers by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Hun Sen claims that further prosecution of former Khmer Rouge officials …

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by LaToya Sawyer

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down a portion of an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration. The court held that the law, Proposition 200, was inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), which was passed …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and its subsidiary SB Pharmco Puerto Rico Inc., have agreed to plead guilty to civil and criminal charges relating to the manufacture and distribution of adulterated drugs and will pay a total of $750 million as …

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by Andrea Bottorff

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the US and Iraq to investigate and prosecute those responsible for alleged human rights abuses in Iraq after thousands of previously classified documents detailing torture by US and Iraqi forces were posted on WikiLeaks. Pillay said that the leaked documents suggest US forces …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a permanent injunction Tuesday that will prevent music file-sharing website LimeWire from providing online users with the software necessary to share copyrighted files. The injunction shut down the website, which plaintiff Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) …

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