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Legal news from Tuesday, March 1, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN General Assembly voted Tuesday to suspend Libya from the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in response to the violent suppression of peaceful protesters by forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi. The resolution, adopted by consensus, came at the request of the UNHRC itself, which voted last week in favor of …

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by John Paul Putney

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 8-0 in FCC v. AT&T that the 7(C) "personal privacy" exemption to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request does not apply to corporations. AT&T had opposed the release of various documents, including invoices and e-mails …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the consolidated cases of Camreta v. Greene and Alford v. Greene on whether the Fourth Amendment requires a warrant, court order, parental consent or exigent circumstances to allow law enforcement and child welfare …

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by Sarah Posner

Amnesty International (AI) called Tuesday for an investigation into the Tunisian Security Force's alleged brutality against protesters. AI urged the interim government to immediately conduct a full investigation into the killings and allegations of serious abuse and hold the perpetrators accountable. The report reveals acts of brutality used by security forces, including shooting bystanders and …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in Staub v. Proctor Hospital that an employer may be held liable for employment discrimination based on discriminatory motivations of a supervisor who influences, but does not necessarily make, the decision to fire an employee. Petitioner Vincent Staub served …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 8-0 in Henderson v. Shinseki that the 120-day statute of limitations for challenging a denial of veteran's benefits is not jurisdictional. In its decision, the court overruled the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which …

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by Zach Zagger

A special court in India sentenced 11 Muslims to death Tuesday in connection with the Godhra train burning in 2002 that killed 59 Hindu nationalists and started the 2002 Gujarat riots. Special judge PR Patel handed down death sentences for 11 of 31 convicted last week under the India Penal Code for murder, attempted …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Tuesday asking the court to overturn a December decision by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia striking down the individual mandate in the Patient …

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by Aman Kakar

An Argentine court on Monday commenced the trial of former dictators Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone for allegedly overseeing a systematic plan to steal babies born to political prisoners during the nation's 1976-1983 "Dirty War". The two are accused in 34 separate cases …

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by Aman Kakar

Iranian opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and their wives were arrested and jailed in Heshamatiyeh prison on Monday, according to Mousavi's website Kaleme. Judicial authorities denied the arrest, stating that both Mousavi and Karroubi were …

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