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Legal news from Tuesday, October 11, 2011
by Sarah Posner

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in two cases. In Blueford v. Arkansas [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether the Double Jeopardy clause prevents the re-prosecution of a greater offense after the jury announces voting for a not guilty verdict, if a jury deadlocks on a …

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by Jennie Ryan

Syria has rejected calls from several nations for it to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to a report adopted Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The report also includes a number of recommendations to the country aimed at improving its human rights record which has been widely criticized since the country began to …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

An Egyptian court on Monday overturned a ban that prohibited presidential hopeful Ayman Nour from forming a political party and also prohibited the formation of the Islamic-based political party Al-Gama'a al-Islamiya. The decision will allow political parties previously banned because of their religious foundations to participate in the upcoming November parliamentary elections. The …

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by Jennie Ryan

Accused war criminal Ratko Mladic has been hospitalized suffering from pneumonia, his lawyers said Tuesday. Mladic is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on charges of genocide and war crimes allegedly committed during the Bosnian civil war. The ICTY confirmed that Mladic …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo appeared in front of the UN General Assembly Monday to urge states to fulfill their obligations to prevent violence against women. Presenting her report on the pervasive, widespread violence against women throughout the world and its causes and consequences, Manjoo reminded states …

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by John Paul Putney

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called on governments around the world to "intensify efforts to bring to justice those responsible for grave abuses" in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), highlighted by the UN's recent mapping report. A full year after the report was published, detailing over 600 violations of international …

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by John Paul Putney

US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell on Monday indicated Myanmar's civilian-led government is planning dramatic changes including releasing hundreds of political prisoners and consequential dialogue with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Journalists, lawyers and democracy advocates are among the detainees to be released and pardoned, although no date …

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by Drew Singer

Liberty University on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to review its case against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last month ruled that it could not review the university's case until the …

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by Drew Singer

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue on Monday condemned a law in Thailand that criminalizes insulting the country's royal family. Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code says that "whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir to the throne or the Regent shall be punished with …

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