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Legal news from Monday, November 7, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In MBZ v. Clinton, the court heard arguments on whether the political question doctrine deprives a federal court of jurisdiction to enforce a federal statute that explicitly directs the secretary of state how to record the …

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by Sung Un Kim

Sri Lanka has failed to successfully investigate the issues of torture and impunity for past human rights violations in the country, Amnesty International (AI) said Monday on the eve of a review by the UN Committee Against Torture. In its report, AI documented that there are still common and widespread patterns of torture …

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by Julia Zebley

The State Tax Service of the Ukraine is reopening four cases against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, her lawyer reported on her website on Monday. The charges allege tax evasion during her time as head of United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) in 1996. Last month, the …

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by Jerry Votava

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday granted a temporary injunction to block the implementation of new requirements of graphic image and textual warning labels imposed by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In Jackson v. Hobbs [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will consider whether the imposition of a life-without-parole sentence on a 14-year-old child convicted of homicide violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment. The court has also …

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by Jamie Davis

A Spanish court on Friday sentenced a former military leader of the Basque separatist group ETA, Francisco Javier Garcia Gatzelu, alias Txapote, to 105 years in prison for ordering the murder of Socialist politician Fernando Buesa and his bodyguard Jorge Diez in 2000. The two men were killed in an explosion in …

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by Jennie Ryan

A special anti-terrorist court at the Palais de Justice in Paris began proceedings on Monday in the trial of alleged terrorist "Carlos the Jackal" accused of planning numerous bombings throughout France in the early 80s. Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, widely known as "Carlos the Jackal," is currently serving a life sentence in France for the …

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