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Legal news from Friday, October 21, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday announced plans to develop standards for the disposal of wastewater from the process of hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the ground to create fractures in rocks, which allows trapped gas and oil to …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) on Thursday filed a complaint in the Surrey Provincial Court on behalf of four men against former US president George W. Bush on torture charges. Bush was in Surrey on Thursday to attend the Surrey Regional Economic Summit. According to the …

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by Sarah Posner

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court challenging Wisconsin's new voter identification law as a violation of the Wisconsin Constitution. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief in challenging the constitutionality of parts of Wisconsin Act 23 passed in 2011. The controversial voter identification law …

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by Sarah Posner

The UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday called for a full investigation into the killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday. Rupert Colville, the spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told …

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by Hillary Stemple

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by group of 10 congressmen alleging that US President Barack Obama violated Article I Section 8 and the 1973 War Powers Resolution [50 USC § 1541 et seq] by authorizing increased military …

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by Hillary Stemple

A judge for the Queen's Court Bench of Alberta has granted legal rights to a non-biological father of a child—the ex-partner of the biological father—over the biological father in a child custody case. While the judge stated that the biological father, identified as "H", would remain the legal parent of the unidentified eight-year-old girl, …

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by John Paul Putney

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Richard Falk called Thursday, called for better guidelines on the treatment of Palestinian youth arrested by the Israeli military. in a report to the General Assembly's human rights committee, Falk expressing concern about reports of violence against children …

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by John Paul Putney

UN Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs Patricia O'Brien on Thursday urged the government of Cambodia to refrain from interfering with the UN-backed tribunal tasked with trying those alleged responsible for mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge. In a meeting in with Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister Sok An to discuss recent …

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