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Legal news from Wednesday, July 27, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The government of Niger announced on Wednesday that it has established a new agency tasked with combating corruption. The High Authority to Combat Corruption will be comprised of government administration and private sector representatives who will monitor corruption levels, conduct studies and investigations into corrupt behavior and implement measures aiming to deter corruption. The government …

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by Zach Zagger

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said Wednesday that all those responsible for war crimes during the country's post-election violence will be prosecuted and brought to justice regardless of their side. Ouattara said that even his loyalists responsible for the violence will be brought to justice. However, Ouattara …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A court in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia on Wednesday denied parole for former Yukos oil executive Platon Lebedev. Lebedev and his former business partner Mikhail Khodorkovsky were convicted in December and sentenced in the Khamovinchesky District Court on charges connected with embezzling more than $27 …

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by Zach Zagger

A group of immigrants in Alabama filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Montgomery County Circuit Court to challenge the controversial Alabama immigration law as in violation of the state constitution. HB 56, signed into law last month, expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants by allowing law enforcement to detain individuals under "reasonable suspicion" …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to arrest suspected war criminal Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese general wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. At a conference at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, …

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by Julia Zebley

The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday dismissed an appeal attempting to overturn April's decision that ended an injunction on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The initial suit, brought by two scientists, was an attempt to stop federal funding for embryonic …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

An Indian couple on Wednesday challenged a UK immigration law that contains an English language speaking requirement. The provision, which was announced in June 2010 by UK Home Secretary Theresa May, requires an immigrant to be able to speak English before joining his or her spouse in the UK. The couple's …

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by Zach Zagger

US President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday imposing economic sanctions to combat international organized crime operations, freezing their US assets, preventing the transfer of property to the organizations and criminalizing providing aid the organizations. The order targets four specific Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs), though more could be named in the future: Los Zetas …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the government of Bangladesh to ensure that those accused of being involved in a February 2009 mutiny are given fair trials. Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), a Bangladeshi paramilitary force, have been tried en masse for the mutiny, which left …

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by Julia Zebley

The Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled unanimously on Tuesday that same-sex couples are "families" under the law and their relationships cannot be invalidated nor can same-sex marriage be made illegal, but gave the Colombian Congress two years to legislate same-sex marriage rather than declaring it outright constitutional. Without congressional action, same-sex …

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by Zach Zagger

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an amicus curiae brief challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) barring recognition of same-sex marriages. The brief was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in …

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by Julia Zebley

Ukrainian Judge Rodion Kireyev on Wednesday rejected a motion to arrest former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko for disruptive courtroom behavior. Kireyev made his decision based on his ability to control his courtroom, although he stated that Tymoshenko had disrespected him by not standing when addressing the court and that her supporters were …

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