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Legal news from Monday, March 28, 2011
by Erin Bock

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances called on the Chinese government Monday to free detained human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, whom they claim is being held in violation of international law. Gao was abducted and detained in February 2009 and has been held in detention ever since. …

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by Ann Riley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two consolidated cases concerning campaign financing. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, the court heard arguments on whether the First Amendment forbids states from providing publicly financed candidates …

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by LaToya Sawyer

A federal judge sentenced former Enron Broadband Services executive Rex Shelby to two years probation Monday on charges of insider trading. The sentencing marks the end of an eight-year long criminal prosecution of Enron executives linked to investment fraud that caused the fall of Enron Broadband unit. Shelby was one of seven executives …

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by Jennie Ryan

Kosovo's Constitutional Court on Monday declared last month's presidential election of Behgjet Pacolli unconstitutional. The decision comes after a complaint was filed by opposition parliamentarians who alleged irregularities in the voting process by which Pacolli was elected. The court declared the election unconstitutional by a majority vote with two judges dissenting. The court …

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by Ashley Hileman

Polish prosecutors investigating an alleged secret CIA prison announced Monday that they are asking US officials to question two Guantanamo Bay detainees who claim they were held and abused at the site. The lawyers submitted their request, which includes a list of questions they would like the Guantanamo detainees to answer …

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by Michael Haggerson

Use of the death penalty is on the decline across the world, according to a report released Monday by Amnesty International (AI). Excluding China, which keeps its death penalty statistics secret, the number of executions worldwide decreased from 714 in 2009 to 527 in 2010. The report further estimates that China executed "thousands" …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in a case over whether an employment discrimination claim can be brought against a religiously affiliated school despite the "ministerial exception." In Hosanna-Tabor Church v. EEOC [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Cheryl Perich brought a …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A former Khmer Rouge prison guard at the notorious Toul Sleng prison appeared at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Monday to appeal his 35-year prison sentence. Lawyers for Kaing Guek Eav argued before the ECCC that their client was not a high-ranking member of the …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces announced Monday that it would lift the state of emergency before parliamentary polls to be held in September. General Mamdouh Shaheen, speaking for the military council, announced the parliamentary elections and said that the presidential election will be held after the September vote. Shaheen …

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