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Legal news from Wednesday, October 19, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said Wednesday that he will not appeal the court's decision to proceed with a single trial for former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic. The prosecutor sought to separate the indictment in order to …

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by Andrea Bottorff

An Oklahoma state court judge on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction against a new Oklahoma law that restricts how doctors may use abortion-inducing drugs to treat patients. Judge Daniel Owens of the District Court of Oklahoma County granted the motion for a temporary injunction filed earlier this month …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Governments should ban solitary confinement for juveniles and prisoners with mental disabilities, a UN torture expert said Tuesday in a report to the UN General Assembly. UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez told the assembly members that governments should impose solitary confinement only in exceptional circumstances and for short periods of time. …

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by Ashley Hileman

The European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) on Friday sentenced a former ethnic Albanian rebel fighter to five years in prison for crimes committed against civilians during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo. Sali Rexhepi was charged with three counts of war crimes against the civilian population stemming from …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Supreme Court of Venezuela ruled Monday that presidential hopeful Leopoldo Lopez remains banned from running in next year's elections. Lopez, an opposition leader, is considered to be a threat to current President Hugo Chavez. As a result of corruption allegations, he was banned from …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Tuesday that 396,906 illegal immigrants were deported in 2011, the largest number in the agencies' history. The report indicated that more than half of the deportees were convicted criminals. In August, the US drastically shifted immigration policy by …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is not obligated to reduce green house gas emissions, a contributor to global warming, in order to protect polar bears. However, the court also found that …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmed Shaheed said Monday that human rights violations in Iran are on the rise, as he presented a report to the UN General Assembly. Citing an increase in persecutions among political activists and journalists, Shaheed criticized detention conditions, the torture and mistreatment of detainees and the significant administration …

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