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Legal news from Saturday, November 20, 2010
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] unanimously approved a bill [text, PDF] Friday banning animal cruelty or "crush" videos. The House of Representatives [official website] approved the same ban [JURIST report] on Monday, and the provision is now being forward to President Barack Obama [official profile] for his signature. If [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Appellate judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press release] Friday that the trial chamber must review the continued detention of former Democratic Republic of Congo [BBC backgrounder] vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC materials; JURIST news archives]. This decision overturns the trial chamber's July ruling [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Friday authorized by voice vote settlements between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The settlements include [AP report] $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] mismanaged funds [DOI materials] held in trust for [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Three human rights groups on Friday jointly announced allegations of torture [press release] against Libyan security officials. Alkarama, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and TRIAL [advocacy websites] have obtained documents that purportedly demonstrate that government officials blocked an investigation into the role of the Libyan Internal Security Agency (ISA) in [read more]

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