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Legal news from Wednesday, April 20, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in United States v. Jicarilla Apache Indian Nation on whether the attorney-client privilege entitles the US to withhold from an Indian tribe confidential communications between the government and government attorneys implicating the administration of statutes pertaining to …

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by Daniel Makosky

The UK High Court on Wednesday upheld the nation's Digital Economy Act (DEA), aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. Justice Kenneth Parker dismissed four of the five challenges brought in July by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group PLC and TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC, including claims that …

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by Sarah Posner

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday urged an end to the practice of "honor killing", calling the customary ritual "wholly illegal." The court said that officials who are aware of the practice before or after it occurs and do not report it will face criminal charges. Officials who fail to report perpetrators …

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by Dan Taglioli

Italy deported a Tunisian national and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Wednesday for his connections to an extremist group that had planned various acts of terrorism in the country. Accompanied by Italian officials, Abdel Ben Mabrouk was taken by plane to his native country under an agreement with Tunisian diplomats brokered in Rome. …

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by Aman Kakar

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 6-2 in Sossamon v. Texas that states do not consent to waive their sovereign immunity to private suits for money damages under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) [42 USC § 2000cc, text]. Petitioner Harvey Sossamon sought injunctive and …

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by Matt Glenn

Belgian prosecutors announced Wednesday that police in Belgium arrested Rwandan Mathias Bushishi Monday for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Police arrested Bushishi on an international arrest warrant that includes charges of war crimes and genocide. Bushishi is accused of using his role as prosecutor to assist in the …

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by Julia Zebley

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang spoke Tuesday to the Constituent Assembly of Nepal (CA) about several human rights issues in the country, including a reluctance to prosecute war crimes and insufficient progress increasing women's rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Human Rights Watch …

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