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Legal news from Friday, April 22, 2011
by John Paul Putney

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Thursday announced an investigation into recent violence following national elections in Nigeria earlier this month. The preliminary investigation, a precursor to a formal investigation, comes in the wake of riots that killed over 100 and displaced more than 40,000 [AP …

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by Michael Haggerson

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday reinstated a case against four former Blackwater employees involved in the September 2007 shootings of 17 Iraqi civilians. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the charges against a fifth ex-Blackwater employee. The charges against …

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by LaToya Sawyer

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court to reinstate an indecency policy that places restrictions on profanity and nudity during television broadcasting. In July, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the policy was unconstitutional [JURIST …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday voted 64-32 to approve a bill considered to be a "watered-down" version of the Arizona immigration bill. The amended bill proposes to revoke tax credits from businesses that hire illegal immigrants and would also require the use of the E-verify System to …

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by Drew Singer

Egyptian public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud on Friday ordered a 15-day extension of the detention of former president Hosni Mubarak, giving authorities more time to decide if they want to send him to jail or a prison hospital. The news comes shortly after an Egyptian court's decision to remove Mubarak's name, …

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by Brian Jackson

Electronics manufacturer Samsung announced on Friday that it has filed patent infringement suits against Apple in three different countries. The suits, filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany, may be retaliation for infringement suits filed by Apple against Samsung last week. The two companies are significant competitors in the mobile phone and tablet markets, and …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Montana judge has dismissed a lawsuit that had called for the state to provide legal status to same-sex relationships. The lawsuit, filed in July by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Montana's First Judicial District Court on behalf of seven same-sex couples, had alleged that the state has limited …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Judge Freda Wolfson dismissed the lawsuit, brought without an attorney by two New Jersey residents, on jurisdictional grounds, …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

UN High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday said the use of violent force by the government of Libya in densely populated cities could amount to international war crimes. The use of cluster bombs and heavy artillery by armed forces under leader Muammar Gaddafi in the city of …

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