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Legal news from Wednesday, December 14, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Wednesday reduced the sentence of Theoneste Bagosora, called the "kingpin" of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, from life to 35 years in prison. The court overturned several of his convictions but affirmed his convictions for genocide and crimes against …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday revived a six-year-old lawsuit over the Plan B emergency contraceptive, but declined to hold the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in contempt. The suit was filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2005 after …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Attorney General Eric Holder pledged Tuesday to enforce civil rights during next year's elections. Speaking at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum in Austin, Texas, Holder stressed the importance of the right to vote, calling it the "cornerstone of our system of government." He expressed concern over several recently enacted state laws currently …

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by Ashley Hileman

A Philippines senior official was arrested on Tuesday amidst allegations that he was involved in illegal activities in connection with the 2007 congressional elections on the island of Mindanao. Former chief election official, Benjamin Abalos, surrendered and was taken into custody at a courthouse in the city of Manila, but maintains his innocence. It is alleged that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Alabama's controversial new immigration law is resulting in human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. In the 52-page report, "No Way to Live: Alabama's Immigrant Law," HRW claims that the law is denying immigrants equal protection under the law as well as access to basic necessities such as water, …

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by Ashley Hileman

A Ukrainian court on Wednesday refused to release former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from custody. Tymoshenko was absent from the hearing due to continuing health issues, although there have been reports that the court may eventually order her to attend. During the hearing, her defense lawyer read a letter, in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Wisconsin and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Wisconsin's new voter identification law. The controversial law states that any qualified voter must present photo identification at the polls in order to vote in Wisconsin elections …

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