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Legal news from Tuesday, February 1, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

French authorities announced Tuesday the identity of a Serbian man arrested a day earlier and suspected of participating in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, where a total of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed. Milorad Momic, who has allegedly been living under a false name in France, is a suspected former member of the Serbian paramilitary …

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by John Paul Putney

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, offered technical assistance on Tuesday to Haitian authorities in the prosecution of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier for serious human rights violations. Pillay urged prosecutors to move forward, indicating that violations like torture, extrajudicial killings and rape are not subject to …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the District Court for Idaho dismissed a lawsuit Friday brought by environmentalists challenging Idaho's state-created "roadless rule" to protect its forests. Judge B Lynn Winmill's ruling upholds Idaho's plan to manage its 9 million acres of forests across the state. The National Forest Service …

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by Matt Glenn

An Italian court on Monday convicted former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamed Ben Riadh Nasri on terror charges and sentenced the Tunisian man to six years in prison. Prosecutors accused Nasri of working for a terror group associated with al Qaeda while living in Milan in the 1990s. The US transferred Nasri [JURIST …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for the Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered that US consulate worker Raymond Davis be held for the murder of two men in Pakistan last week, ignoring US protests that Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity. Chief Justice Ijaz Ihmad Chaudhry also ordered Davis's name to be placed on an exit …

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by Aman Kakar

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) signed a bill on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions in the state. The "Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act," seeks to provide "adequate procedures for the certification and registration of a civil union" as well as to provide "persons entering into a civil union with …

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by Aman Kakar

Accused Nazi war criminal and US citizen Peter Egner passed away last week at a retirement community in Bellevue, Washington. A US trial to revoke Egner's citizenship was scheduled to begin on February 22 in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington. Documents filed in the court showed that …

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