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Legal news from Tuesday, October 4, 2011
by Sarah Posner

Jury selection began on Tuesday for terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian accused of attempting to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas Day, 2009. Abdulmutallab will stand trial for eight felony charges and may face life in prison if …

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by Jennie Ryan

Several new US state election laws that become effective in 2012 may make it harder for some qualified voters to cast their ballots, according to a report released Monday by the Brennan Center for Justice. The report indicates that as many as five million voters may be affected by the changes and may find itsignificantly harder …

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by Sarah Posner

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called on authorities to end the hate speech and discrimination against the Roma migrants in Bulgaria. The UN human rights office expressed deep concern over the violence and discrimination accompanying the anti-Roma demonstrations. The demonstrations …

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by Jennie Ryan

Retired Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald on Monday notified both prosecution and defense lawyers in the trial of five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay that he will be accepting recommendations until early 2012 on whether the trial should move forward as a death penalty case. MacDonald, who was appointed to oversee the military commissions at …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

A Bahrain civilian-military court on Tuesday sentenced 26 more protesters to prison terms ranging from 5-15 years, bringing the total number of protesters sentenced in the past 48 hours to 60. Those who were sentenced on Tuesday include prominent members of the Shiite political group who were among hundreds of protesters seeking greater rights for the …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak initiated the repeal of Malaysia's strict security laws in Parliament on Monday. In an effort to protect civil liberties while maintaining a balance of public peace, Razak is expected to repeal the Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA), which allowed the prime minister …

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by Drew Singer

US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Judge Mark Davis on Monday ruled that two Somali pirates who killed four Americans will spend their lives in prison. Mahdi Jama Mohamed and Muhidin Salad Omar, the two convicted men, apologized to the victims' families—who did not attend the sentencing—before being …

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by Drew Singer

The Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice on Monday rejected a challenge by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that the UK's interrogation guidelines are unlawful. The guidelines provide steps that must be taken by intelligence officers before they interview, interrogate or solicit the detention of terror …

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by John Paul Putney

The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) has charged Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, leader of Jamaat e Islami (JI), with war crimes allegedly stemming from the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War against Pakistan. Bangladesh established the tribunal in March 2010 to address charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The …

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by John Paul Putney

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Friday filed a petition for certiorari asking the US Supreme Court to review the recent Fourth Circuit ruling dismissing Virginia's challenge of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Virginia, among the first to file a challenge to PPACA, …

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