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Legal news from Tuesday, November 16, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

Amnesty International (AI) called Tuesday for Egyptian authorities to promptly and thoroughly investigate the death of 19-year-old Ahmed Shaaban who was allegedly tortured in police custody. Shaaban went missing from his hometown in Alexandria, Egypt, on November 7 and was found dead in a canal near where he lives on November 11. According to Ahmed …

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by John Paul Putney

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday denied a defense motion for mistrial in the trial of ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. The motion came after an anonymous juror's note was read in court, indicating that the juror was alone in her …

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by Julia Zebley

The UK government on Tuesday announced a settlement with 16 Guantanamo Bay detainees over allegations of torture. Details of the settlement agreement, which are legally bound to a confidentiality agreement, have not been released, although at least seven detainees are expected to receive compensation, with at least one recieving over one million pounds. In …

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by Sarah Posner

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Friday that a New Hampshire law requiring schools to schedule voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), its members Jan and Pat Doe, and their three children, who are students at New Hampshire public schools, …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Thai government on Tuesday extradited alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the US to stand trial. The Thai Cabinet approved the extradition and handed Bout over to US law enforcement officials for immediate departure to the US. Bout has been fighting extradition since 2008 when …

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by Eryn Correa

The US House of Representatives voted Monday to ban animal cruelty or crush videos, revising the 1999 legislation [18 USC § 48 text] that was struck down by the US Supreme Court in April. The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010 maintains that …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that illegal immigrants are eligible to receive in-state tuition benefits at California's public colleges and universities. The plaintiffs in the class action suit, brought by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), had alleged that an exemption in California Education Code section 68130.5(a) violates …

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by Zach Zagger

Lebanese authorities on Monday arrested Syrian national and radical Muslim cleric, Omar Bakri Mohammed, less than a week after he was convicted of terrorism by a military court. Bakri was after a gunfire riddled car chase arrested in the northern city of Tripoli where he had been living. He was convicted in absentia last week …

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by Zach Zagger

A suspected Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war criminal was arrested Monday in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the end of 1992-95 Bosnian civil war. The Prosecutors Office for BiH announced that Dragan Crnogorac was arrested in the city of Banja Luka on suspicion for having committed genocide under Article 171 …

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