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Legal news from Friday, October 7, 2011
by Ashley Hileman

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Thursday declared that former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livini enjoys temporary diplomatic immunity during her visit to London, thereby sparing her from arrest. Livini risked arrest after an application was made on Tuesday to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), seeking …

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by Michael Haggerson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Friday to halt enforcement of a controversial Alabama immigration law that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The law requires school officials to verify the immigration status of children and parents, authorizes …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their efforts in promoting women's rights. Sirleaf, known as the "Iron Lady," is the president of Liberia and the first woman elected to head of state in Africa. …

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by Ashley Hileman

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday again refused to hold the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in contempt for destroying videotapes of detainee interviews following the events of 9/11. Judge Alvin Hellerstein previously ruled on this issue in …

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by Hillary Stemple

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday ruled that challengers of the $3.4 billion settlement agreement in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit will not be required to put up a bond before proceeding with appeals, clearing the way for appeals of the settlement to …

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by Hillary Stemple

Homicide rates in Central American countries, including El Salvador and Honduras, are reaching a "crisis point," according to a Thursday UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report detailing global rates of homicide. The report found that young men in Central and Southern America, Central and Southern Africa and the Caribbean are at the greatest …

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by John Paul Putney

The new chief prosecutor, Army Brig. General Mark Martins, on Wednesday indicated future military commissions at Guantanamo will be more transparent and fair to defendants. In addition to congressionally mandated changes like restrictions on the use of evidence obtained through torture or coercion, Martins highlighted a new website where more court …

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by John Paul Putney

The Sri Lankan Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, announced on Thursday the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The five-year plan fulfills Sri Lanka's pledge made in 2008 as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). According …

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by Michael Haggerson

Defense counsel for three Kenyan leaders charged in the International Criminal Court (ICC) with inciting violence after the December 2007 Kenyan elections argued Wednesday that prosecutors had not fully investigated evidence that they planned to present at trial. Defense counsel argued that witnesses for the prosecution were motivated by greed and that …

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