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Legal news from Tuesday, May 17, 2011
by Zach Zagger

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Tuesday that hate crimes against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people are on the rise worldwide, marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Pillay said that statistics show that homophobic-based crimes are on the rise around the world, urging that states act to stop …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a Minnesota campaign financing law prohibiting direct contributions to candidates and affiliated entities. The Minnesota law was being challenged by two non-profit advocacy organizations and a for-profit business which argued the law was in violation of the Supreme Court's decision …

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by Zach Zagger

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday convicted former Rwandan army chief Augustin Bizimungu and three others involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Bizimungu was sentenced to 30 years in prison while two others, Francois-Xavier Nzuwonemeye and Innocent Sagahutu, to 20 years in prison and Augustin Ndindiliyimana to time served …

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by Zach Zagger

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) Tuesday is seeking reinstatement of its dismissed lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform law. The ACLJ filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asking the court to reverse a lower …

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by Aman Kakar

German prosecutors said Monday they are appealing a German court's decision to release Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk after he was convicted of helping murder thousands during the Holocaust. Last Thursday, a German court in Munich found the 91-year-old Demjanjuk guilty of assisting in the murder of nearly 28,000 Jews while …

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by Jennie Ryan

Prosecutors from six world criminal courts released a joint statement Sunday urging the continued support and cooperation of the international community in aiding special tribunals in the prosecution of international criminals. The Sixth Colloquium of International Prosecutors took place over two days in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and included international prosecutors from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the …

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