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Legal news from Thursday, August 25, 2011
by Julia Zebley

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday gave former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic six days to respond to a motion to split his trial. The ICTY hopes to hold one trial for his conduct during the Srebrenica massacre, …

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by Julia Zebley

The Supreme Court of El Salvador on Wednesday blocked the arrests and extradition of nine former soldiers accused of committing the 1989 "Jesuit Massacre," defying Interpol red notices for the suspects. The court said that Spain had not presented a formal extradition request in its attempts to prosecute the individuals through universal jurisdiction …

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by Erin Bock

The US Department of Justice (DOJ), joined by several rights groups, appeared before a federal judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday seeking a temporary injunction of the state's new immigration law. The law requires school officials to verify the immigration status of children and …

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by Julia Zebley

Corruption in the Nigerian government has become endemic, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday, criticizing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) particularly and the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan generally. Although the agency has arraigned 45 different government officials, HRW believes their trials are moving too …

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by Julia Zebley

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that eyewitness-based evidence should be treated more cautiously by New Jersey courts, issuing new guidelines for judges. The court instructed that judges in future cases should hold pretrial hearings to determine all possible variables to the eyewitness testimony as well as administering jury instructions, sometimes mid-way through trial, …

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