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Legal news from Wednesday, October 26, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

Four candidates were named Tuesday as potential successors to International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when his nine-year term expires next year. The Search Committee for the position of the Prosecutor of the ICC submitted its consensus report to the Bureau of the Assembly of …

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by Jerry Votava

Son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi have reportedly attempted to leave Libya in an effort to surrender themselves to the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to the National Transitional Council (NTC). The ICC has been unable to confirm [Al …

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by Katherine Getty

Former Goldman Sachs Director Rajat Gupta was arrested Wednesday on five counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The charges come in connection to his relationship with Raj Rajaratnam, co-founder of the Galleon Group, who was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for …

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by Sung Un Kim

Uruguay's Senate voted 16-15 Tuesday to revoke the amnesty law of 1986, which prevents investigations, adjudications and human rights prosecutions of military junta officials during their regime between 1973-1985. The vote was supported by the Broad Front coalition (Frente Amplio), which is control of the House of …

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by Max Slater

The US Chamber of Commerce filed an amicus brief on Tuesday asking the Supreme Court to agree to resolve the deepening legal conflict over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC), the Chamber of Commerce's public policy law …

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by Ashley Hileman

Brazil's High Court of Justice on Tuesday upheld the same-sex marriage of two women. The court voted 4-1 in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages. The ruling was necessary following a number of disparate rulings by lower courts on petitions from couples seeking to have their civil …

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by Jamie Davis

The family of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi announced Wednesday that they plan to file a complaint against NATO with the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its alleged role in Gaddafi's death. Lawyer for the Gaddafi family, Marcel Ceccaldi, spoke to France-based radio station Europe1 and indicated that the …

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by Ashley Hileman

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction, blocking part of the state's abortion law that required a physician to perform an ultrasound and describe the images to the patient. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs were likely to prevail on …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit by Papua New Guinea citizens against mining company Rio Tinto on claims of genocide and war crimes. Allowing the suit under the Alien Tort Statute, the court ruled that it may proceed due to the Australian …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday ordered the federal government to release a memorandum concerning the Secure Communities Program, a controversial immigration program that forces the release of local law enforcement information on detainees to the federal government. The memorandum allegedly …

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