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Legal news from Tuesday, November 9, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed separate federal lawsuits Tuesday challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In GLAD's lawsuit, several plaintiffs are challenging the denial of certain marriage benefits and protections that are available to similarly situation heterosexual …

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by Sarah Posner

The French Court of Cassation ruled Tuesday that an investigation into assets obtained in France by three African leaders can proceed. The initial complaint in the case, filed by anti-corruption groups Transparency International (TI) and SHERPA, accused the late Omar Bongo of Gabon, Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Democratic Republic of the …

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by Julia Zebley

The high court of Mombasa ruled Tuesday that Kenya does not have jurisdiction outside of its national waters, releasing nine suspected Somali pirates. Citing the repeal of Chapter VIII, section 69 of the Kenyan penal code as the basis for his decision, Justice Mohamed Ibrahim concluded that the suspects, who were arrested …

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by John Paul Putney

The head of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has rejected two motions requesting the disqualification of judges on the grounds of bias. Judge Antonio Cassese on Friday denied the motions filed by Lebanese General Jamil El-Sayed, determining that El-Sayed failed to provide convincing evidence that judges Afif Chamseddine and Ralph Riachy [motion, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion on whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), which provides for judicial facilitation of private dispute resolution through arbitration when the transaction involves interstate commerce, preempts states from enforcing alternate …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) issued recommendations Tuesday for the US to align its human rights policies and practices with international standards. The recommendations stem from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the US government's human rights record before the UNHRC in Geneva. The list of 228 recommendations by other nations included …

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by Eryn Correa

A judge for Nigeria's Federal High Court in Lagos ruled Monday that an amendment to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution made by the National Assembly (NASS) cannot become operational law without the assent of the president. Justice Okechukwu Okeke ruled that the NASS's refusal to forward the amendment to President Goodluck Jonathan …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments Monday on the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. Counsel for the plaintiffs, including Awlaki's father, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the …

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by Zach Zagger

A French judge on Monday ordered former president Jacques Chirac to stand trial on a second set of charges in connection with the funding of his political party during his time as mayor of Paris from 1977-1995. Chirac is accused of providing fictitious city jobs for members of his …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Monday temporarily blocked a state constitutional amendment banning courts from considering international or Islamic Law. Chief Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order, stopping the measure from taking effect until a preliminary injunction hearing scheduled for November 22. …

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