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Legal news from Friday, August 5, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

The Supreme Court of Israel on Tuesday issued for the first time an order for the Israeli government to dismantle an illegal outpost in the West Bank. The order calls for Migron, the largest outpost in the West Bank, to be razed by the end of March 2012. The action came as the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Guardian released a top secret document Thursday revealing details about the interrogation policies of UK intelligence officials. The document indicates that officers from the UK security and secret intelligence agencies, MI5 and MI6, respectively, were instructed to weigh the severity of the mistreatment of a detainee with the benefits of possibly …

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by Zach Zagger

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appealed a case over same-sex domestic partnerships Thursday to the the Montana Supreme Court, arguing that denying partnership rights to same-sex couples violates the state constitution. The ACLU filed a notice of appeal in Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana …

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by Julia Zebley

The Supreme Court of Cuba on Friday upheld a 15-year sentence for Alan Gross, a US citizen accused of "acts against the independence or integrity of the state." Gross was arrested in 2009 and has served 20 months of his sentence for his work as a Development Alternatives Incorporated …

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by Julia Zebley

Ukrainian Judge Rodion Kireyev on Friday ordered the arrest of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, also imposing a travel ban. Reversing a decision he made last week, Kireyev arrested Tymoshenko on contempt charges. A blockade of supporters started a brawl [Interfax-Ukraine report] outside the courtroom attempting to force officers to …

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by Zach Zagger

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) expressed concern Friday over Belarus' handling of human rights activists and its efforts to silence opposition. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis, said that the situation in Belarus is amounting to persecution of dissenters, citing the arrest of Aliaksandr Bialiatski, president of the Belarus Human …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The American Psychological Association (APA) voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a resolution supporting full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Just before the opening day of the APA's annual convention, a 157-member policymaking body adopted the position that the federal government and state legislatures should repeal measures denying marriage rights to same-sex couples in an …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Sixteen countries on Wednesday filed briefs in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against the controversial Alabama immigration law that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. Central and South American countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia, argue that the recently enacted law unfairly treats citizens of …

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by Julia Zebley

A three-judge panel for the California First District Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Thursday that DNA samples cannot be taken broadly from any adult arrested or charged with a felony. Striking down a 2004 voter-enacted provision of the DNA and Forensic Identification Data Base and Data Bank Act of 1998, …

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by Zach Zagger

Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee and convict Omar Khadr fired his defense lawyers Wednesday with no explanation, according to a directive obtained by Miami Herald Thursday. Khadr released his two Edmonton-based lawyers, Dennis Edney and Nathan Whitling, with Toronto-based attorneys John Norris and Brydie Bethell. The move comes just months …

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