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Legal news from Friday, December 16, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday announced the findings of its three-year civil rights investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO). The investigation concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that MCSO engages in a pattern or practice of violating the Constitution and laws of the US in three areas. First, …

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by Matthew Pomy

US President Barack Obama nominated three individuals to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) Thursday, which had been vacant since 2007. He named David Medine as his nominee for Chairman as well as Rachel Brand and Judge Patricia Wald as members of the board. The …

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by Dan Taglioli

The UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Thursday released the first ever UN report on the global human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The report details LGBT people around the world being killed or enduring hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A group of animal rights activists on Thursday challenged the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act which they claim violates their rights to peaceful protest. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts by the Center for Constitutional Rights, claims that the law is overly broad and criminalizes …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Alabama and Georgia filed motions Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeking to stay proceedings on challenges to their immigration laws pending a ruling by the US Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States. The Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on a challenge to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Thursday urged international cooperation in executing arrest warrants for suspects accused in the Darfur conflict. Presenting his report to the UN Security Council, Ocampo emphasized that all states parties to the Rome Statute have an obligation to cooperate with the …

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