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Legal news from Saturday, May 14, 2011
by Erin Bock

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reconsider a ruling that plaintiffs in Amnesty v. Blai had standing to sue the US government over surveillance. The plaintiffs, including attorneys, journalists and rights organizations, facially challenged Section 702 of the …

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by Erin Bock

Milorad Dodik, president of the Bosnian Serb Republic, Republika Srpska, announced on Friday that he has cancelled a referendum on the legality of the war crimes court that was set to take place next month. The referendum would have gauged support amongst citizens of Republika Srpska for the federal judiciary as well as …

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by Dan Taglioli

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law on Friday an "Arizona style" anti-illegal immigration bill that allows law enforcement officers to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in criminal investigations. The law also imposes fines and prison sentences of up to one year for anyone who knowingly transports illegal immigrants during the commission …

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by Dan Taglioli

UN human rights officials expressed concern Friday over rights violations in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen where governments have responded to ongoing reform protests with crackdowns and military deployments. The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is worried about NGO reports from Syria indicating as many as 850 people have been killed …

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