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Legal news from Monday, December 12, 2011
by Matthew Pomy

The Philippine Congress voted Monday to impeach Chief Justice Renato Corona for violating the constitution and the public trust in connection with the trial of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who originally appointed Corona to the Supreme Court. The impeachment proceedings required at least 95 signatures to move forward and, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an investigation into allegations of fraud in the recent parliamentary elections. Medvedev posted a message to his Facebook page Sunday following massive protests across Russia on Saturday. Medvedev said:Under the Constitution, Russian citizens enjoy freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Judulang v. Holder that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) policy for deciding when resident aliens may apply to the Attorney General for relief from deportation under a now-repealed provision of the immigration laws is arbitrary and capricious. Joel Judulang, the son …

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by Brandon Gatto

Delegates from 194 countries at the Durban UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa agreed on Sunday to negotiate global initiatives that would eventually force countries to take legally-binding action in order to slow the pace of climate change. After two weeks of debate, the delegates agreed on four major proposals. First, the countries decided to extend …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari order list, PDF] Monday in Arizona v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether Arizona's controversial immigration law is preempted by federal law. SB 1070 criminalizes illegal immigration and requires police officers to question an individual's immigration status if the officer has a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was extradited from France to Panama Sunday to face charges of human rights violations for crimes allegedly committed during his 1981-1989 rule. He was already convicted on three counts of human rights violations in absentia, and each count carries a 20-year prison sentence. Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli [official …

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