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Legal news from Friday, December 3, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

Threats against witnesses will not prevent the prosecution of six individuals responsible for Kenya's 2007 post-election violence, International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Friday. According to the statement, the prosecutor will obtain arrest warrants for the individuals behind these threats if they persist. Within the next two weeks, Moreno-Ocampo plans to …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Nigerian prosecutors announced Thursday that they are instituting bribery charges against former US vice president Dick Cheney in connection in with a contract that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) obtained to build a natural gas project in the Niger Delta area. Bribes amounting to USD $180 million were …

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by Megan McKee

The Supreme Court of Guinea on Friday declared Alpha Conde the winner of November's presidential run-off election, validating the provisional results of the electoral commission and throwing out claims of electoral fraud. In light of escalating post-election violence, the Guinean government declared a state of emergency last month, just three days after Conde was provisionally declared the …

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by Megan McKee

The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the same-sex partner of an adoptive mother has no standing to seek custody of the couple's child as a non-parent, but may request visitation. The court held that New Mexico's current child custody law provides no legal right for a non-parent to assert custody over a …

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by Megan McKee

Deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda on Thursday urged those in the Ivory Coast to refrain from further violence after unrest following presidential elections. In the first presidential elections in a decade, presidential challenger Alassane Ouattara was named the victor, but incumbent President Laurent …

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