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Legal news from Tuesday, November 15, 2011
by Jamie Reese

The Philippine Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday allowing former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to leave the country despite accusations of corruption and electoral fraud. The court ruled 8 - 5 against government-imposed travel restrictions that started in August. Arroyo argued that she needs to travel abroad for medical treatment, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Six accused Somali pirates went on trial in Paris Tuesday on charges of hijacking, kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with a 2008 attack on a yacht. Then men are accused of capturing the Carre-d'As IV in the Gulf of Aden and holding a French couple hostage for two weeks, allegedly demanded a ransom …

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by Jennie Ryan

The state of Louisiana on Monday filed suit directly with the US Supreme Court arguing that undocumented immigrants should not be counted in the US census for the purpose of determining seats in the US House of Representatives. The state alleges that it was put at a disadvantage when population totals were determined …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Malaysian Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) will hold a symbolic four-day war crimes trial against former US president George W. Bush, former UK prime minister Tony Blair and other former US officials on charges in connection to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. The trial, set to begin Saturday, …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Tuesday that, while she is personally opposed to same-sex marriage, the decision should be left to parliamentary vote [SMH op-ed]. Gillard called on the Australian Labor Party to back her adamant position that the institution of marriage has a particular meaning and should remain unchanged:Many will …

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by Drew Singer

The Brazilian government on Monday granted citizenship for the first time to a foreigner based on his same-sex marriage. Spaniard Antonio Vega Herrera will become a Brazilian citizen due to his marriage with his Brazilian partner, according to the country's Federal Register. The news comes a month after Brazil's High Court of Justice [official …

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by Drew Singer

The Scottish Human Rights Commission on Monday condemned plans for a UK Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights would replace the UK Human Rights Act, but Commission leader Alan Miller said the new legislation would weaken civil liberties rather than protect them. Instead, he argued, the …

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