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Legal news from Friday, March 25, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

Spanish National Court judge Baltasar Garzon on Thursday filed a petition with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), challenging a case brought against him in Spain that alleges abuse of power in investigating crimes committed under the Franco dictatorship. Garzon faces charges of politically motivated corruption [JURIST …

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by Drew Singer

The Colorado Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would grant same-sex couples the legal right to civil unions. The Colorado Civil Unions Act says that the legal benefits, protections and responsibilities that the law gives married couples will also be given to civil unions. The bill lists …

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by Daniel Richey

The Civil Court of Thailand on Friday ordered the core leaders of the People's Alliance of Democracy (PAD), or "yellow shirts," to pay 522 million baht (USD $17 million) in damages to the Airports of Thailand (AOT) in connection with a massive 2008 sit-in protest that spanned eight days during the …

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by Drew Singer

A Russian court has jailed six men for crimes related to their roles in the 2009 hijacking of the MV Arctic Sea, reports on Friday said. A court in the country's town of Arkhangelsk handed out sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in prison. Three of the hijackers were stateless, while the other …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Wednesday condemned the Uruguayan government for its role in the abduction and death of an Argentinean woman in the 1970s, effectively overturning the country's amnesty law. Maria Claudia Garcia Iruretagoyena de Gelman was abducted from Argentina in 1976 and transferred to …

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by Brian Jackson

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit by former assistant US Attorney Richard Convertino in which the former prosecutor accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of violating the Administrative Procedures Act and his right to privacy. Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the suit …

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by Daniel Richey

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the press during a visit to Cairo Thursday that he is 100 percent certain his office will bring charges against Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi. Moreno-Ocampo said that his office is coordinating with a number of law enforcement organizations, including Interpol, in an investigation …

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by Andrea Bottorff

An adviser for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday announced that the government would consider lifting the country's 48-year-old state of emergency law and would work to better protect citizens' human rights. Presidential spokesperson Buthaina Shaaban said that the government might repeal the emergency law, which bans political protests, in addition to making other …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Thursday declined to rule on an order enjoining Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette from publishing a legislative measure designed to curb the collective bargaining power of unions. The case will move on to the state Supreme Court, which will decide …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

An Argentine court sentenced former general Luciano Benjamin Menendez to life in prison on Wednesday for the 1976 attack and murder of five urban guerrilla group members during the country's 1976-1983 "Dirty War". Menendez is already currently serving another life sentence for the 1977 kidnapping, torture …

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