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Legal news from Monday, January 9, 2012
by Jamie Davis

An Israeli government panel on Monday approved a bill that would make it illegal to use any Nazi symbols, names, or images, including the use of the term "Nazi" and any clothing resembling that worn by prisoners at concentration camps. A government committee approved the bill proposed by Knesset Member Uri Ariel which would impose …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases Monday, including the Texas redistricting controversy. The court agreed last month to hear an emergency appeal challenging an interim map drawn up by the US District Court for the Western District of Texas while a separate map drawn up by …

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by Jamie Davis

Violence and protests in Middle Eastern and North African countries are likely to continue throughout the next year unless each country's government recognizes the purpose behind the movement and makes the changes being asked of them, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. The 80-page report also says that those participating in the protest movement, …

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by Jamie Reese

Blackwater, now known as Academi, reached a confidential settlement agreement Saturday with survivors and families of victims in a 2007 shooting incident in the Nisour Square area of Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. A subsequent FBI investigation revealed that 14 of the deaths were unjustified acts of excessive …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Friday in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the federal government must pay American Indian tribes all contract-related costs incurred under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, where the contract support costs exceed the funds that the government has made …

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by Sarah Posner

A Bahrain court on Monday overturned the death sentences for two protesters convicted of killing two police officers during the demonstrations that took place in the country last year. Bahrain was guided by recommendations from a panel of international investigators in its decision to transfer the protesters' case to civilian court. This case was transferred to civilian …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Kuala Lumpur High Court on Monday acquitted Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim of charges that he sodomized a former male political aide. High Court Judge Mohamad Zabidin Diah said during the ruling that there was reasonable doubt in the case because of unreliable DNA …

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by Sarah Posner

An Iranian court on Monday sentenced Iranian-American ex-marine American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for espionage. Iran accused Hekmati of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and cooperating with an enemy government in an attempt to accuse Iran of terrorism. The conviction is largely based on a televised confession in which Hekmati admitted …

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