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Legal news from Friday, February 11, 2011
by John Paul Putney

A Turkish government inquiry into the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla faulted Israeli soldiers Friday for violating international law. The panel's final report indicates at least two activists were killed before commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara, the largest ship in the flotilla. According to the report, an additional five persons were shot in …

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by John Paul Putney

Prominent Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife have been "beaten senseless" by authorities, according to Friday reports from China Aid and Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). Chen, who is blind, is currently under house arrest, and the beating may have been related to a video released [CHRD press …

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by Drew Singer

The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces pledged Friday to lift the country's emergency laws, which have been in place for nearly 30 years, as soon as circumstances improve. The announcement came shortly before President Hosni Mubarak resigned, placing the council in charge of affairs of state. The …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Judges for the Special Court of Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Friday indefinitely postponed closing arguments in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor in order to allow the defense to appeal a prior decision. The SCSL will allow Taylor to appeal a ruling that denied the admission of a defense document …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Seven suspected Somali pirates appeared Friday in Malaysian court charged with firearms offenses and, if convicted, they could face the death penalty. Malaysia is the first Asian country to take formal legal action against suspect pirates. Under the Malaysian Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act of 1971, anyone who fires a gun with the intent to hurt …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) announced Thursday that she and state Attorney General Tom Horne had filed a counterclaim in the US District Court for the District of Arizona against the US government in the lawsuit challenging the controversial Arizona immigration law. The counterclaim contains …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The UK House of Commons voted Thursday to reject a controversial European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling and continue preventing prisoners from voting in British elections. Voting to extend the ban by an overwhelming 212-vote majority, MPs have now forced British Prime Minister David Cameron, who supports the ban, to …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday upheld challenged aspects of the Canada Evidence Act, ruling that national security considerations take precedence over criminal convictions. The court affirmed the constitutionality of a provision that vests the Federal Court with, and removes from trial judges, the authority to determine the national security implications …

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