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Legal news from Friday, December 9, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two Japanese whaling groups filed suit Friday against US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington. The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) and the Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha claim that the SSCS and its founder Paul Watson are preventing them …

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by Katherine Getty

Former Yugoslav intelligence officer Dragomir Pecanac was convicted Friday on a charge of contempt for failing to testify before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The charges were brought against Pecanac in October when he failed to comply with a subpoena to testify as a witness in the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A lesbian couple filed suit Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Hawaii challenging the state's denial of same-sex marriage. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) signed a same-sex civil unions bill into law in February. The legislation, set to go into …

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by Jamie Reese

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Thursday on two consolidated issues regarding Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. The first was an appeal from a refusal by the US District Court for the Northern District of California to vacate former …

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by John Paul Putney

UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights, James Anaya, on Thursday urged Argentina to strengthen protection of human rights, rights to education and land ownership for indigenous groups as well as to establish sorely needed dialogue with government. His comments came after an 11-day visit to Argentina including meetings with both indigenous communities and …

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by John Paul Putney

Former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic, after previously refusing to enter a plea in any of the charges against him, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges linked to the execution of more than 30 Muslim prisoners in the eastern town of Bisina in July 1995. The presiding judge at …

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