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Legal news from Tuesday, May 3, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit challenging Utah's controversial immigration law. The bill, which has been compared to the Arizona immigration law, was signed into law in …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

A Honduran court on Monday dismissed the two remaining charges of conspiracy against former president Manuel Zelaya, allowing him to return to the country. The ruling could lead to Honduras being readmitted to the Organization of American States (OAS), which expelled the country after the 2009 coup that saw Zelaya's …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Spain's National Court on Tuesday sentenced two Somali pirates to 439 years in prison each for their involvement in the 2009 hijacking of a Spanish fishing boat off the coast of Somalia. Pirates Cabdiweli Cabdullahi and Raageggesey Hassan Aji were apprehended by Spanish officials when they sailed away from the Alakran and were brought to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The lawyer for accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk called for acquittal Tuesday as he presented his closing arguments in a German courtroom. Defense lawyer Ulrich Busch also argued that Demjanjuk should be awarded damages for false imprisonment. Demjanjuk is accused of helping murder Jews at the Sobidor death camp during the Holocaust, …

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by Sarah Posner

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo revealed that investigators have evidence that Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi committed crimes against humanity. During an interview with the Associated Press, Ocampo said he would soon be seeking five arrest warrants for various crimes committed by Gaddafi. Ocampo indicated that there is …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Journalism rights group Reporters without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday released its annual list of predators of press freedom, which included the heads of state of several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The list is composed of 38 world leaders and organizations, including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Libyan leader …

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by Sarah Posner

Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi was released from jail Tuesday, nearly four months after his January arrest. Al-Turabi was jailed for calling on the Sudanese people to start a popular uprising, similar to Tunisia. Al-Turabi, the Islamist leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP), said that he was not interrogated or made …

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