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Legal news from Thursday, September 8, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, announced on Thursday that he is seeking assistance from INTERPOL to locate and arrest former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The ICC issued arrest warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and his brother-in-law …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday announced its findings from a three-year investigation that the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has engaged in repeated unlawful and unconstitutional behavior. The investigation, which began in June 2008, uncovered the PRPD use of excessive and unreasonable force, failure to protect First Amendment …

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by Michael Haggerson

The three-judge Malaysian Federal Court on Thursday ruled unanimously against indigenous people fighting against the Sarawak government's seizure of land to build a dam. The court had agreed to hear the suit in March. The ruling caps a more than decade-long legal battle which began when the Sarawak government …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld a ruling that juveniles convicted of murder may be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Kenneth Loggins was convicted of brutally murdering a hitchhiker in 1994, when he was 17 years old, and was originally sentenced to death. However, in 2006 his sentence …

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by Dan Taglioli

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLUFL) on Wednesday filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking to enjoin implementation of the recently passed state law that mandates drug testing for individuals seeking Temporary Cash Assistance (TAC). The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida [official …

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by Dan Taglioli

A three-year probe into abuse of military detainees in Iraq was finalized Thursday with the release of a report that found numerous British soldiers were involved in specific episodes of abuse of Iraqi citizens. The independent inquiry was led by retired judge William Gage and focused on the detention of 10 Iraqis arrested at a hotel in 2003 on …

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by Erin Bock

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report on Wednesday claiming that the US is diminishing its "core values" with regard to various counterterrorism measures put in place during the 10 years since the 9/11 attacks. To support this contention, the report cites to US policies regarding indefinite military detention for …

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