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Legal news from Monday, October 31, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases regarding ineffective assistance of counsel. In both cases, the court is being asked to determine how poor legal advice from attorneys to clients regarding plea bargaining should impact subsequent guilty verdicts. In Lafler v. Cooper, respondent …

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by Sung Un Kim

Militia from the Libyan city of Misrata are torturing and terrorizing the displaced supporters of deceased former leader Muammar Gaddafi, according to a report released Sunday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Most of the victims are either unarmed civilians or detainees. HRW interviewed about 61 Tawerghans across the country including 26 …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to rule on whether crosses placed beside highways as memorials to deceased Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) troopers is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. The court denied certiorari in the combined cases of Utah Highway Patrol Association v. American Atheists [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and …

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by Jerry Votava

The Tunisia State News Agency (TAP) announced Monday that the Tunisian Justice Ministry has issued a warrant for Suha Arafat, the widow for former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The warrant was issued last week as "part of a corruption case related to ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his relatives …

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by Jamie Davis

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday convicted former Serb nationalist and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj of contempt and sentenced him to 18 months in prison for revealing the names of protected witnesses in a book he authored. The tribunal filed an …

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by Jennie Ryan

The trial of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was adjourned on Sunday and will not resume until December 28. Mubarak and his co-defendants were present in the courtroom for the short hearing at which the lengthy adjournment was announced. Mubarak is facing charges of complicity in the deaths of more than 800 protesters …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Malaysian Court of Appeal on Monday ruled that a law prohibiting college students from taking part in political activities is unconstitutional. The suit, filed by four International Islamic University of Malaysia students in 2010, challenged the constitutionality of the 1971 Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA). Under section 15 of the UUCA, …

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