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Legal news from Monday, February 28, 2011
by Ann Riley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in DePierre v. United States on whether the term "cocaine base" in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines is limited to "crack" cocaine or encompasses all forms of cocaine chemically classified as a base. The US Court of …

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by LaToya Sawyer

An Italian court on Monday resumed the trial of Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi on tax fraud charges, just weeks after the Constitutional Court modified a law that would have granted Berlusconi and other public officials temporary immunity from charges while in office. The …

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by Erin Bock

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-2 in Michigan v. Bryant that preliminary inquiries of a wounded citizen concerning the perpetrator and circumstances of the shooting are non-testimonial evidence, rendering them admissible in court. The case involved statements made to police by Anthony Covington identifying Richard …

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by Ashley Hileman

An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced former British solider Danny Fitzsimons to 20 years in prison for the shooting deaths of two of his colleagues in August 2009. Fitzsimons, who was working as a contractor for the UK security firm, ArmorGroup, now a part of G4S, escaped the death penalty but received the jail sentence …

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by Zach Zagger

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday condemned the response by Middle Eastern governments to peaceful protests, urging the international community to take a strong stance against violence in Libya. In Pillay's opening statement to the Sixteenth Session of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) she urged the body and the international community …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Supreme Court of India has ruled that criminal defendants have a right to counsel under the Indian Constitution. The court found Thursday that under Article 22(1) of the Constitution, a court could not decide a criminal case without a lawyer present for the defendant, and should appoint counsel where the defendant cannot …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will not grant immunity to any person perpetrating crimes against humanity in Libya, according to a statement issued by the court on Monday. The ICC Prosecutor's Office is currently assessing allegations of widespread or systematic attacks against the civilian population as well as other additional legal requisites established by the …

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