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Legal news from Saturday, November 20, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

The US Senate unanimously approved a bill Friday banning animal cruelty or "crush" videos. The House of Representatives approved the same ban on Monday, and the provision is now being forward to President Barack Obama for his signature. If the bill is signed into law, the creating, selling or …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Appellate judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled Friday that the trial chamber must review the continued detention of former Democratic Republic of Congo vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. This decision overturns the trial chamber's July ruling. In its judgment, the appeals chamber ruled that …

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by Daniel Makosky

The US Senate on Friday authorized by voice vote settlements between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The settlements include $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department of the Interior (DOI) mismanaged funds held in trust for American Indian landowners, and $1.2 billion for …

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by Daniel Makosky

Three human rights groups on Friday jointly announced allegations of torture against Libyan security officials. Alkarama, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and TRIAL have obtained documents that purportedly demonstrate that government officials blocked an investigation into the role of the Libyan Internal Security Agency (ISA) in the death of Ismail al Khazmi. Al Khazmi was arrested …

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