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Legal news from Tuesday, January 18, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the consolidated cases of General Dynamics Corp. v. United States and The Boeing Company v. United States on the ability of the government, under the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause, to …

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by John Paul Putney

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa submitted 10 constitutional referendum questions on Monday to the Constitutional Court of Ecuador to certify their legality. The proposed reforms would alter the way judges are chosen, amend a preventative detention law and revoke measures intended …

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by Sarah Posner

Sudanese security forces on Tuesday arrested opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi and eight other opposition party members. The arrests come after the Popular Congress Party (PCP) called for a popular uprising in protest of price increases on various goods. The party officials called for a "popular revolution" if Khartoum did not reduce price increases. Additionally, the opposition …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Frankfurt High Regional Court on Tuesday began the trial of a former Rwandan mayor on genocide charges relating to his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Onesphore Rwabukombe, a 54-year-old ethnic Hutu, allegedly coordinated three massacres in which more than 3,700 Tutsis, who had sought refuge in a …

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by Ashley Hileman

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday urged government leaders in Tunisia to initiate dialogue between all sides in an attempt to restore rule of law in the country following the ousting of its president last week. In a press conference held in Abu Dhabi, where Ban was attending a global energy forum, he cited …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court declined Tuesday to rule on a DC same-sex marriage referendum and a Guantanamo detainee appeal but granted certiorari in a consolidated case involving Medicaid reimbursement rates. In Jackson v. DC Board of Elections and Ethics, the court denied certiorari without comment in a case over whether …

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by Matt Glenn

The Rwanda National Police Force issued an international arrest warrant Monday for four former Rwandan government officials now living in the US and South Africa. The four include former army chief of staff General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, former ambassador to the US Theogene Rodasingwa, former foreign intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya and former prosecutor general Gerald …

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by Matt Glenn

Prosecutor for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Daniel Bellemare filed a sealed indictment with the tribunal's pretrial judge Monday charging an unknown number of people for their roles in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The names of those indicted will be kept …

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