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Legal news from Wednesday, November 9, 2011
by Jerry Votava

Sixteen Latin American, Caribbean and South American governments have filed supporting briefs in a lawsuit filed last week by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging the South Carolina's newly adopted immigration law. The briefs contend that the new law will "impede effective and consistent diplomatic relations," and encourage "an imminent threat …

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by Katherine Getty

A trial court in the West Indian state of Gujarat on Wednesday convicted 31 people of crimes committed during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The guilty were convicted of murder, arson and rioting while charges criminal conspiracy were dropped by the court. All 31 of the convicted were sentenced to life in prison and required to …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) on Tuesday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government to take appropriate actions to successfully abolish election-related violence before the upcoming presidential election on November 28. UNJHRO reported 188 cases of human rights violations related to the electoral process during the period between November 2010 and …

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by Max Slater

A Tunisian appellate court ruled Tuesday that a Libyan senior official who served under Muammar Gaddafi should be extradited back to Libya. Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, Gaddafi's former prime minister, was ordered to be extradited following his conviction in September for illegally entering Tunisia. Mahmoudi's lawyer, Mabrouk Kourchid, …

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by Ashley Hileman

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Wednesday new charges may be warranted against those close to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. According to Ocampo, an investigation into the use of rape by Gaddafi forces is nearly finished, and the results of this investigation may be …

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by Jamie Reese

Ohio voters on Tuesday rejected Senate Bill 5, which would have impacted Ohio's 400,000 public workers by limiting their ability to strike and collectively bargain for health insurance and pensions. It would have mandated that public workers pay 15 percent of their health insurance premiums and at least 10 percent of their salary to pensions. …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Citizens of Ohio voted Tuesday with a 65 percent majority to pass Proposition 3, an amendment to the Ohio Constitution which mandates that no rule or law can compel people, employers or health care providers in their state to "participate in a health care system." It also holds that "purchase or sale of health care or …

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by Ashley Hileman

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) prosecutor Serge Brammertz on Tuesday requested assistance from Serbian authorities to determine who helped certain war criminals remain undetected for many years. Specifically, Brammertz seeks to discover who assisted former Serbian general Ratko Mladic, who evaded authorities for 16 …

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by Jamie Davis

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday ordered Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam to pay an unprecedented civil penalty for insider trading. In a thorough analysis of the appropriate amount of the fine, Judge Jed Rakoff handed down a $92.8 million penalty in the culmination of …

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by Dan Taglioli

Mississippi voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution limiting the power of eminent domain in the state. The approved measure would prohibit, with certain exceptions, state and local government from conveying acquired private property to other persons or private businesses for a period of 10 years after acquisition. The process …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruled 2-1 on Tuesday to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Senior Circuit Judges Laurence Silberman in his opinion affirmed that Congress did not overstep its Article One constitutional …

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by Julia Zebley

Mississippi voters on Tuesday approved the Mississippi Voter Identification Petition by 62 percent, creating a new requirement that voters show government-issued photo identification at the polls. The ballot included a disclaimer explaining a government-issued photo identification costs approximately $14. Several rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi (ACLU-MS) and the Mississippi …

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by Julia Zebley

New Jersey voters on Tuesday ratified Public Question 1 by a 65 percent margin, amending the New Jersey constitution to legalize sports gambling in the state despite a continued federal ban. The referendum, in defiance of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, will not go into effect unless the state wins …

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by Hillary Stemple

Mississippi voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have amended the state constitution to define the word "person" or "persons" to include "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof." The initiative, which would have given fetuses rights from the moment of conception, was defeated by …

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