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Legal news from Friday, June 3, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The UN warned in a report Friday that government restrictions on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the Internet impinge on human rights. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights outlines the types of restrictions that would be considered breaches of party states' obligations to guarantee the right …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Thursday rejected a prisoner's attempt to have new crack cocaine sentencing guidelines applied retroactively to reduce his sentence. The three-judge panel found that it could not infer congressional intent to apply the Fair Sentencing Act to prisoners already convicted and serving the prior …

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by Julia Zebley

A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson on Friday condemned Qatar's extradition of rape victim Eman Al Obeidi to her home country of Libya. UNCHR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, said that Qatar violated international law by deporting Al Obeidi after she was ruled a refugee by the UNHCR and in …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Friday held a hearing to determine whether he should reconsider a ruling he issued last week striking down a ban on corporate donations to federal political candidates. US prosecutors said they failed to cite key precedent related …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided Thursday there is no conflict with the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) and that it can rule on two challenges to the health care reform. Last week, the court requested briefs from all parties in Liberty v. Geithner and Commonwealth of Virginia v. Sebelius …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Supreme Court of Spain on Friday overturned the convictions of four individuals charged with distributing neo-Nazi propaganda. The four men were convicted and sentenced to up to three and a half years in prison by a court in Barcelona in October 2009 for advocating genocide and belonging to an …

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by Julia Zebley

Ratko Mladic made his first appearance Friday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), contesting the charges while simultaneously asking for more time to review them. Characterized by many media outlets as "defiant," Mladic saluted several times through the proceedings, referred to himself as "General …

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by Zach Zagger

Amnesty International (AI) urged Rwanda to review laws it claims have a "genocide ideology" that are being used to silence critics and dissenters, in a report published Friday. The report says that the government of Rwandan President Paul Kagame has expressed a commitment to reviewing laws that criminalize criticism, but recent …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Alabama Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill expanding restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The House voted 67-29 and the Senate voted 25-7 to pass the bill that includes measures comparable to those passed in Arizona last year. The bill permits police officers to detain a person stopped …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the New York City Department of Education can enforce a rule prohibiting outside groups from using school facilities for after-school worship services. The challenge was brought by the Bronx Household of Faith, which was denied use of school facilities …

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by Julia Zebley

Retaliatory killings in the Ivory Coast between factions loyal to ousted former president Laurent Gbagbo and current president Alassane Ouattara have continued, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. Violence has riddled the nation since last November's disputed election, after which Ouattara was eventually declared the winner. Gbagbo had to be forcefully …

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