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Legal news from Monday, August 15, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday reinstated a lawsuit filed by an African American firefighter claiming the firefighter promotion exams used in the city of New Haven, Connecticut, are discriminatory. In 2003, the New Haven Civil Service Board (CSB) had refused to certify the results of the exam that made …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday called on Egyptian authorities to drop charges against a female blogger accused of insulting Egyptian armed forces and inciting the use of violence on Twitter. Asmaa Mahfouz, 26, voiced her concern about Egypt's justice system and the military government's conduct in messages posted on the social media site. …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

An Arkansas judge on Monday ruled that part of the state's law governing executions is unconstitutional. The provision in state law allowing "any other chemical or chemicals" to be used for lethal injections violates the constitution's protection against cruel and unusual punishment, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox said. The Arkansas Department of Correction relinquished …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday accused all parties to Somalia's ongoing armed conflict of engaging in rights violations and urged the parties to immediately end abuses against citizens. In a report entitled "You Don't Know Who To Blame: War Crimes in Somalia", HRW describes abuses carried out by numerous parties to the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UN on Monday called for a thorough investigation into alleged violations of international law and war crimes in the Southern Kordofan area of Sudan. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the former UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) issued a preliminary report describing human rights conditions …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Serbian government filed an amicus curiae on Friday in a Nevada court seeking to block the execution of a Serbian citizen on the grounds that the country's consulate was not informed of the man's arrest in 1994. Serbia contends that Avram Nika, convicted of killing of a man who had stopped to help him on a highway in …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The corruption and murder trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resumed on Monday. Mubarak is on trial for murder, attempted killing of protesters and other charges related to general abuse of power stemming from his response to pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt earlier this year. Presiding Judge …

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