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Legal news from Thursday, February 17, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

UN Special Representative to Kosovo Lamberto Zannier on Wednesday requested that the UN Security Council open an independent investigation into alleged incidents of organ trafficking, inhuman treatment and other crimes by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. The request follows shortly …

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by Daniel Richey

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled Tuesday that former Somali prime minister and defense minister Mohamed Ali Samantar is not entitled to legal immunity from civil lawsuits. Samantar, who has lived in the greater Washington, DC, area for more than 15 years, was sued in 2004 by two Somali …

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by Julia Zebley

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released a report asserting new evidence that the the Supreme Military Council of Egypt has been torturing protester-detainees. Through various detainee accounts, AI stated that individuals were tortured "to intimidate protesters and to obtain information about plans for the protests." In addition, protesters contend that they were told to confess that …

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by Daniel Richey

The Supreme Court of California announced Wednesday that it will decide a critical procedural issue to determine whether a pending federal appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, can continue. In January, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit asked [order, PDF; …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Hawaii's Senate voted 18-5 on Wednesday to give final approval to a bill that will allow civil unions for same-sex couples. Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) must now sign the bill into law within 10 days, and the law could come into effect in January 2012. In …

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by Ann Riley

The trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday ordered the suspension of the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for six weeks beginning after witness testimonies already scheduled for March. The postponement allows Karadzic to review 32,000 pages and 200 hours …

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by Ann Riley

A Nashville judge ended a four-month moratorium on executions Wednesday, declaring Tennessee's modified method of lethal injection constitutional. In November, Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled that the state's method of lethal injection violated the Eighth Amendment after lawyers for death row inmate Stephen Michael West revealed evidence …

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