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Legal news from Tuesday, November 30, 2010
by Zach Zagger

Six months after Israel announced that it was easing the blockade of the Gaza Strip, there is little sign of economic improvement for the struggling territory, according to a report published Tuesday by 25 human rights groups including Amnesty International. The report, entitled "Dashed Hopes" says that, though there has been some increase …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Schwarzenegger v. Plata on an order to reduce the California prison population. In August 2009, a special panel of federal judges ordered California to reduce its prison …

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by Julia Zebley

On Tuesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to pay an undetermined amount to Guinea for the 1988 arbitrary imprisonment of a Guinean businessman. The tribunal found that the DRC violated Articles 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights as …

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by Matt Glenn

Serbian Justice Minister Snezana Malovic said that Serbia has filed documents asking the US to extradite accused Nazi war criminal and naturalized US citizen Peter Egner to Serbia so that he can stand trial on war crimes charges. Serbian prosecutors claim that the Yugoslavia-born Egner was part of the Einsatzgruppen, …

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by John Paul Putney

The European Commission on Tuesday announced a formal investigation into allegations that Google abused its dominant market position by manipulating search results to give its own services preferential placement. The investigation will be the first formal investigation by a major regulatory agency into the Internet search giant's …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in Los Angeles County v. Humphries that, when alleging a municipality violated their civil rights under 42 USC § 1983, plaintiffs "must show that their injury was caused by a municipal policy or custom," even if they are only seeking …

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by Drew Singer

More than 50,000 hate crimes were reported last year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a report released Tuesday, the first time such a report has been made public. The Association of Chief Police Officers, a private company consisting of police officers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said that it …

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by Aman Kakar

Major General Curtis Scaparrotti of the US Army on Monday ordered a court-martial for Staff Sergeant David Bram stemming from a larger case involving five soldiers accused of killing Afghan citizens. Bram is charged with conspiracy to commit assault and battery, unlawfully striking another solider, violating a lawful order, dereliction of duty, cruelty, maltreatment and …

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by Megan McKee

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday sentenced Somali citizen Jama Idle Ibrahim to 30 years in prison for an April attack on the USS Ashland in the Gulf of Aden. Ibrahim, originally charged with piracy, reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Monday ordered a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of the controversial Oklahoma constitutional amendment banning the courts from considering international or Islamic law. Judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Muneer Awad, executive director of …

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by Zach Zagger

The Bush administration urged Germany not to prosecute Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials involved in the alleged illegal arrest and torture of German citizen Khaled El-Masri under the administration's extraordinary rendition program, according to a document released Sunday by WikiLeaks. The document, dated February 2, 2007, …

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