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Legal news from Wednesday, June 15, 2011
by Zach Zagger

The UN on Tuesday denied reports it instructed the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to close further investigations into war crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge regime. In a controversial move, the ECCC closed Case 3 in April, one of four Cases supposed to be brought for atrocities …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) of Kenya on Wednesday selected five appointees to serve on the nation's first Supreme Court. After taking a week to interview 25 candidates, the JSC panel selected one woman and four men to present to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki for appointment. The list of nominations was submitted to …

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by Zach Zagger

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) announced Wednesday that Rwandan genocide suspect and former Hutu militia leader Bernard Munyagishari was transferred from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the UN Detention Facility in Tanzania on Tuesday. He is set to make his initial appearance before the ICTR to answer to charges of genocide and …

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by Julia Zebley

A group of 10 US congressmen filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama on Wednesday for circumventing Congress' authority by increasing military strikes against Libya. Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Walter Jones (R-NC) held a press conference announcing the filing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Arguing …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday published a preliminary report describing human rights violations in Syria and calling for an investigation into government-authorized abuses related to pro-democracy protests that began earlier this year. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) instructed UN High Commissioner for …

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by Julia Zebley

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the Budget Repair Bill on Tuesday, overruling the Dane County Circuit Court finding that legislators had violated the "open meetings" rule. Ruling 4-3, the court stated that lower court Judge Maryann Sumi had "invaded the legislature's constitutional powers."The court's decision on …

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by Zach Zagger

The Taiwan Judicial Yuan President Lai Hau-min announced Tuesday a new law to remove judges, but critics argue the measure could destroy judicial independence. The new law requires that judges be evaluated every three years by a committee that will include two academics and two impartial people from the community to be selected by …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday initiated a grand jury investigation into the torture and death of a detainee at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Manadel Al-Jamadi was captured by US Navy SEALs on November 4, 2003 and held in Abu Ghraib prison as a "ghost detainee," or unregistered prisoner, …

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by Zach Zagger

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a state immigration law as constitutional except for a section denying bail to illegal immigrants charged with crimes. The court ruled 8-1 that HB 1804's denial of bail to illegal immigrants charged with felonies or for driving under the influence was unconstitutional because it infringed on …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday rejected a motion by Proposition 8 supporters to vacate Judge Vaughn Walker's holding that the same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Proposition 8 supporters had sought to have Walker recused for a …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California on Monday ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law barring same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. A legally married same-sex couple filed a joint petition under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code [11 USC § 1301 …

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