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Legal news from Wednesday, March 9, 2011
by Julia Zebley

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 3539 on Wednesday, absolishing the death penalty in Illinois. Two months after the Illinois Senate approved the bill, Quinn signed the bill into law. Justifying his decision in a statement, Quinn said:Since our experience has shown that there is …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday asked a federal judge to cancel his retrial and sentence him on the single charge on which was originally convicted. Blagojevich was found guilty last year of making false statements to the FBI, but the jury remained deadlocked on 23 additional charges. In the …

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by Julia Zebley

The UN appointed a team of special prosecutors on Wednesday to investigate allegations that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has ordered forces to torture and abduct opponents. Although a probe was launched last week in the International Criminal Court (ICC), special rapporteur for torture Juan Mendez clarified …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A defense lawyer representing former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Tuesday accused the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) of political bias during his closing arguments in Taylor's trial in The Hague on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. British defense lawyer Courtenay Griffiths called the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday appealed a ruling in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida declaring the health care reform law unconstitutional. On Friday, Judge Roger Vinson granted the Obama administration's petition to stay his …

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