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Legal news from Monday, October 3, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court opened its 2011 term Monday with oral arguments in two cases. In Reynolds v. United States, the court heard arguments on the retroactive application of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which requires convicted sex offenders to register. The attorney general …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

A Bahrain civilian-military court on Monday sentenced numerous protesters to lengthy prison terms, including 14 people who were sentenced to life (or 25 years) in prison for their involvement in the death of a Pakistani man that was "committed with a terrorist aim." The National Safety Court of Appeal, a court composed of military prosecutors and …

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by Jennie Ryan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday demanded the resignation of the two judges responsible for indictments at the Cambodian tribunal on Khmer Rouge war crimes. HRW alleges that the two investigating judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) have "egregiously violated their legal and judicial …

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by Jennie Ryan

California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday announced that he has signed into law a bill that will prevent local governments from banning male circumcision. The legislation, AB 768, "preclude a city, county, or city and county ordinance, regulation, or administrative action from prohibiting or restricting the practice of male circumcision, or the exercise …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The International Criminal Court on Monday granted the request of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to open an investigation into war crimes committed on the Ivory Coast during post-election violence since last November. The ICC announced, "fter a preliminary examination, the ICC Prosecutor concluded that there …

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