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Legal news from Monday, August 29, 2011
by John Paul Putney

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously that a 3 percent cut to state workers' pay to fund the retiree health care benefits violates the Michigan Constitution. Specifically, the court ruled last Thursday that the legislature and former governor Jennifer Granholm lacked the authority to side-step the Civil Service Commission. Explaining the balance …

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by John Paul Putney

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a legislative decree on Sunday repealing earlier more restrictive laws on media. Legislative Decree No. 108 for 2011 lifts oppressive legislation which allowed for imprisoning journalists [DP-News report] for "attacking the prestige and dignity of the state, national unity and the morale of the army." Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud …

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by Jennie Ryan

Kenyan Registrar of the High Court Gladys Boss Shollei swore in the nation's first Supreme Court justices on Friday at a ceremony in the capital city Nairobi. The ceremony was attended by President Mwai Kibaki who emphasized the importance of the appointments to the country's ongoing institutional reform. "With all these reforms that …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said Saturday that approximately 100 people imprisoned for their participation in the massive 2009 presidential election protests have been pardoned and released by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Though the pardoning of "repentant" prisoners traditionally coincides with the conclusion of Ramadan, analysts have viewed their release as …

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by Jennie Ryan

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced on Sunday that he will dismiss charges against some of the protesters detained for their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations in the country. In a nationally televised speech, Khalifa conceded that some of the protesters had been subjected to violence during the demonstrations which began in February [JURIST news …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo announced Monday that US prosecutor John Clint Williamson will lead an investigation into allegations that Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci participated in an organ trafficking scheme during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War. Claims made in a report authored by Council of …

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