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Legal news from Thursday, September 22, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

The New York Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was not liable for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (WTC), finding governmental immunity. The plaintiffs argued that the operation of the parking garage was more akin to a proprietary, rather than governmental, …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Thursday ordered the trials of four alleged Khmer Rouge leaders be split into a series of smaller trials. The ECCC said that the separation of trials will allow the tribunal to deliberate more quickly in the case against the …

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by Michael Haggerson

Former Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi was arrested Wednesday in Tamaghza, Tunisia, near the border with Algeria, according to Tunisian authorities. Al-Mahmoudi was sentenced to six months in prison for illegal entering the country. Al-Mahmoudi served as prime minister under Muammar Gaddafi until Gaddafi was ousted during the Libya conflict [JURIST …

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by Dan Taglioli

The British government announced Thursday that it would pay reparations to the families of those killed or wounded in Northern Ireland's 1972 Bloody Sunday, the day on which members of the British Army's Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights marchers in Londonderry. The shooting killed 13 Northern Ireland civilians and wounded 15. The UK Bloody Sunday Inquiry [official …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed two cases filed by former Iraqi detainees who claimed they had been tortured by civilian contractors at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 to dismiss both cases, filed against contractors CACI International Inc. and L-3 Services [opinions, …

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by Dan Taglioli

The state of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis Wednesday night after his eleventh-hour appeal for clemency was denied by the US Supreme Court. Davis was put to death by lethal injection, the three-drug cocktail that first put the condemned man in an induced coma through an administration of pentobarbital, followed by an …

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