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Legal news from Tuesday, January 25, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday sentenced former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani to life imprisonment for his role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, which killed 224 people. Ghailani could …

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by John Paul Putney

A Peruvian appeals court announced on Monday it has rejected the government's petition to overturn a lower court's decision to grant parole to Lori Berenson, a US citizen held since 1995 for collaboration with a Marxist rebel organization. According to Berenson and her lawyer, the ruling was final and cannot be appealed, representing a major …

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by Sarah Posner

The UN defended the human rights record of Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon Monday after criticism from Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW released an annual report Monday, which claimed that EU member states and the UN have failed to adequately respond to human rights abuses and violations. The report criticized Ban …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Wyoming House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that would prevent Wyoming from recognizing same-sex marriages and civil unions performed out-of-state. House Bill 74, Validity of Marriage, was passed by a 32-27 House vote and will now be turned over to the Senate. The Wyoming House of Representatives has rejected similar legislation …

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by Ashley Hileman

The UN Secretary-General's special adviser on maritime piracy Jack Lang warned Security Council members on Monday that more needs to be done to bring Somali pirates to justice, proposing an international piracy court. In his report, set to undergo debate in the UN Security Council Tuesday, Lang encouraged members …

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by Zach Zagger

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled Tuesday that the court-martial of former army chief and parliament minister Sarath Fonseka was legal and bars him from serving in government. Fonseka had appealed to Sri Lanka's highest court, arguing that the military tribunal which convicted him on corruption charges …

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by Matt Glenn

French authorities on Tuesday transferred Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) leader Callixte Mbarushimana to The Hague where he will stand trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges that the FDLR committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) …

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by Matt Glenn

US President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will nominate veteran Supreme Court lawyer and former clerk for Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Donald Verrilli for the position of solicitor general. Verrilli, who currently serves as deputy counsel to the president, has argued a dozen cases before the Supreme Court [official …

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by Aman Kakar

Accused Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner pleaded not guilty on Monday to three federal charges in the US District Court for the District of Arizona. Loughner is charged with attempting to assassinate a member of Congress [18 USC § 351(c)] and two counts of attempting to murder a federal employee [18 USC §§ 1113-1114] …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Iran executed by hanging on Monday two protesters involved in the anti-government demonstrations that erupted after the 2009 presidential elections. The hangings are reported as the first executions involving activists that were arrested and detained after the disputed elections. The two men, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammadali Hajaghaie, members of exiled opposition group, Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO), were …

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