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Legal news from Monday, November 28, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In First American Financial Corp v. Edwards, the court heard arguments on whether a plaintiff has standing to sue, on behalf of a nationwide class, claiming a real estate company violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 without …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria reported Monday that the Syrian Arab Republic has committed numerous human rights violations including torture, sexual violence, use of excessive force and violations of the right to peaceful assembly. The investigation on which the report is based on was initiated by the UN Human Rights …

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by Jerry Votava

A private investigative report issued on Monday detailed the denial of medical treatment to and severe physical abuse of former Russian lawyer and purported whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in November 2009. In addition to details of Magnitsky's treatment and death, the report alleges corruption by Russian …

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by Jamie Davis

Human rights group Partners Relief and Development said Monday that Myanmar soldiers may be committing war crimes in the form of torture and forced labor against ethnic communities in Kachin State. The group issued a report documenting the war crimes which allegedly began on June 9 after a 17-year ceasefire agreement …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in five cases. In Southern Union Co v. United States, the court will determine whether the Fifth and Sixth Amendment principles that the Supreme Court established in Apprendi v. New Jersey and its progeny apply to the imposition of criminal fines. Apprendi requires that …

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by Jennie Ryan

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has ordered a special commission to look into recommendations made following an independent investigation into the alleged crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the country, the official state media reported Saturday. The announcement follows a report released last week by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) …

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