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Legal news from Friday, November 5, 2010
by Zach Zagger

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday ordered further review of a lower court decision to release Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Olud Slahi, allegedly linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The order vacated US District Court Judge James Robertson's decision …

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by Brian Jackson

The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday declined to rule on a local ordinance banning the hiring, harboring or renting of property to illegal immigrants. The US District Court for the District of Nebraska had asked the court to decide whether Fremont Ordinance 5156, which mandates that renters obtain a …

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by Matt Glenn

A magistrate in Mombasa, Kenya, found 17 accused Somali pirates not guilty Friday, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused denied involvement in the 2009 attack on the ship the MV Amira. Their lawyer, Jared Magolo, said that the magistrate ruled that the prosecution had insufficient …

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by Brian Jackson

The US government's human rights record came under criticism Friday during the country's first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Among the criticisms leveled at the US were the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the practice of rendition, the embargo of Cuba and the continued use of the death …

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by Matt Glenn

A UK High Court in London began hearings Friday to determine whether abuse claims brought by 142 Iraqis against UK military personnel should be subject to public inquiry after Defence Secretary Liam Fox refused to open such an inquiry. The Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) group, which represents the Iraqis, submitted videos …

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by Drew Singer

Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Hassan Bubacar Jallow filed new applications Thursday for the referral of three cases for trial in Rwanda. The first was Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi, a former Rwandan pastor who pleaded not guilty in July to charges of genocide and crimes …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of State Question 755, which amends the state constitution to ban the use of Islamic or international law in state court decisions. The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District …

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by Daniel Makosky

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) announced Thursday that he, along with 12 other state attorneys general, has filed an amici curiae brief before the US Supreme Court supporting an Arizona statute that imposes sanctions on employers that hire illegal immigrants. In Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting …

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by Megan McKee

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom vetoed legislation Thursday that would have reinstated the death penalty. Colom has stated that his government does not believe capital punishment improves a nation's security and has called on the Guatemalan Congress to abolish capital punishment permanently. Legislative Decree …

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