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Legal news from Tuesday, August 2, 2011
by Zach Zagger

The Nigeria Ebonyi State Commissioner of Justice and the Attorney General, Ben Igwenyi, called Monday for the establishment of a special court to hear corruption cases. He argues that corruption cases in the regular courts take too long to process causing people to forget about them, perpetuating the appearance of corruption in the government. He proposed merging …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Constitutional Affairs Committee, an Italian parliamentary commission, on Tuesday approved a draft law that bans women from wearing full-face veils, including the Islamic burqa and niqab, in public. Women who violate the ban would face fines [AP …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Russian investigators on Tuesday reopened a case against former lawyer and purported whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in November 2009. Magnitsky was arrested on allegations of tax fraud after implicating Russian police in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandal while working as outside counsel for the London-based investment fund Hermitage Capital Management. Prosecutors …

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by Zach Zagger

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Tuesday criticized a report released by the Sri Lankan government for not taking responsibility for alleged violations of the laws of war. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense released its report Monday entitled, "Humanitarian Operation Factual Analysis", where for the first time it admitted that the military …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Vietnamese court on Tuesday began hearing the appeal of well-known lawyer and activist Cu Huy Ha Vu, who was convicted in April of carrying out anti-state propaganda. Vu was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment and an additional three years of house arrest after a trial that lasted only one day. Vu has been in prison …

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by Zach Zagger

The Casa de Maryland immigrant rights group filed a challenge Monday to a public referendum over a Maryland law providing in-state tuition to undocumented college students. The group filed the challenge in the Maryland Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County after opponents of the Maryland DREAM Act collected enough signatures to …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was not in contempt of court for destroying videotapes thought to have shown harsh interrogations of terror suspects, but ordered the CIA to pay attorneys fees to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU argued during a court hearing …

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by Zach Zagger

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an appeal Monday to lift a judge's decision to block parts of a controversial state law denying that medicaid funds go to Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN). Zoeller filed the appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit challenging the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama challenging an Alabama law that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The DOJ contends that various provisions of the Alabama immigration legislation are preempted by federal law and violate …

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by Zach Zagger

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said Tuesday that US troops must be granted immunity in order to remain in Iraq beyond the end-of-the-year deadline. It is up to the Iraqi Parliament to decide whether they still need a US presence beyond the deadline, but Mullen stressed that …

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