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Legal news from Tuesday, November 23, 2010
by John Paul Putney

A lawyer for former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein, Tariq Aziz filed a petition Tuesday asking Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to pardon the former leader. Aziz was sentenced to death by hanging last month by the Iraqi …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Alleged Nazi death camp prison guard John Demjanjuk issued a statement on Tuesday accusing the German judges conducting his trial of bias after the they rejected a number of defense petitions. In total, the judges rejected 23 petitions, including motions regarding whether Demjanjuk, who is Ukranian born but obtained US citizenship …

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by Julia Zebley

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday expressed her concern over Iran's crackdown on human rights defenders. Pillay expressed particular concern for Nasrin Sotoudeh, the human rights lawyer who has been conducting hunger strikes since her imprisonment in September for allegedly spreading propaganda and colluding against national security. Earlier …

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by Sarah Posner

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that defendants with limited English proficiency have a constitutional right to court interpreters in criminal trials. The court's decision overturned the Georgia Court of Appeals ruling denying the defendant's motion for a new trial. Annie Ling, whose native language is Mandarin Chinese, filed the motion after …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Israeli Knesset approved legislation Monday that would require referendums on peace treaties involving ceding land that the country has annexed. In a 65-33 vote, the legislature decided that a referendum would be required for any agreement involving the surrender of annexed land that fails to win a two-thirds majority in parliament. The legislation would …

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by Eryn Correa

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday declined to rehear en banc a bid by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to overturn a decision that prevents the government from using global positioning systems (GPS) technology to track suspects without a warrant. In a 5-4 vote, the …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called for the revocation of blasphemy laws in Pakistan after a Christian woman was sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with other women in her village last year. Asia Bibi, a mother of four, is the first …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Monday extended a temporary restraining order blocking the controversial Oklahoma constitutional amendment banning the courts from considering foreign or Islamic law. Judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange said she needed more time to deal with this issue, which …

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by Zach Zagger

A Virginia circuit court judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit by two families whose children were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting can proceed against school administrators, despite their claims of sovereign immunity. The judge ruled that defendants Charles Steger and former executive vice president James Hyatt are not protected by sovereign immunity …

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