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Legal news from Monday, December 6, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday in Perry v. Schwarzenegger on Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. The hearing was divided into two one-hour sessions, with the first section focusing on the issue of standing, and the second focusing on Proposition 8's …

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by Sarah Posner

The International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed on Monday that the prosecutor's office has opened preliminary examinations to evaluate possible war crimes committed by North Korea. ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo verified that evaluations will determine if some of the incidents by North Korean forces in South Korea constitute war crimes, giving the ICC …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Henderson v. Shinseki on the time limits for seeking judicial review of the denial of a veteran's claim for disability benefits. The issue is whether the time limit in 38 USC § 7266(a) constitutes a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Wal-Mart v. Dukes [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a massive gender discrimination class action lawsuit. The issues are (1) whether claims for monetary relief can be certified under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(2) and, if so, under what circumstances; and (2) …

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by Daniel Makosky

A French court on Monday found US-based Continental Airlines and one of its employees guilty of manslaughter for their roles in the Air France Concorde jet crash outside Paris in 2000. The court found that a piece of metal fell off a Continental plane and onto the runway, later causing damage to the …

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by Daniel Makosky

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday sentenced former Rwandan Armed Forces lieutenant Ildephonse Hategekimana to life imprisonment after convicting him on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The court found Hategekimana guilty of three counts of genocide stemming from his involvement in the 1994 …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday ordered a stay against any amendments to Pakistan's blasphemy laws pending further proceedings. The court ruled on a petition filed by a citizen, which argued that parliament does not have the right to amend the law. Controversy surrounding Pakistan's blasphemy law has recently …

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