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Legal news from Friday, March 18, 2011
by John Paul Putney

The UN peacekeeping operation (UNOCI) in the Ivory Coast on Thursday denounced the shelling of a market in the capital Abidjan which killed 25 to 30 civilians and injured scores more, calling it a possible war crime. In the statement, UNOCI condemned the use of violence against …

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by Drew Singer

A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Friday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state's new Budget Repair Bill. Judge Maryann Sumi's order blocked the law from being published, one of the procedural steps towards enacting it. The lawsuit over the bill alleges that Republican …

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by Aman Kakar

US immigration enforcement agencies are overly reliant on a flawed detention system, according to a report released Thursday by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACH). The IACH investigated six immigrant detention centers based throughout Arizona and Texas. The report expresses concern over increased use of detention by the US government, citing a doubling in detention …

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by LaToya Sawyer

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo warned Libyan government officials on Friday that war crimes prosecution could result for any indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Benghazi. Last week, the UN was called upon to impose a no-fly zone over Libya in response to reports that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST …

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by Michael Haggerson

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Friday that the display of the crucifix in public schools in Italy does not violate Article 9 or Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 9 is a right to freedom of religion, while Article 2 …

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by Brian Jackson

The Obama administration on Thursday filed a brief in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit contesting a request by plaintiff states to have the health care reform law appeal heard by an en banc court. The states had originally requested en banc review, along with an altered …

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by Andrea Bottorff

General Counsel for the US Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday urged Congress to allow civilian trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees, in addition to military commissions. At a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, General Counsel Jeh Johnson called for Congress to explore all trial possibilities for …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Oklahoma State Senate on Wednesday approved a bill similar to the controversial Arizona immigration law. Senate Bill 908, passed by a 29-15 majority vote, gives state and local authorities to enforce any federal regulation or law concerning immigration. The proposed bill delegates police officers the authority …

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