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Legal news from Tuesday, January 10, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Tuesday in CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood that, because the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA) is silent on whether claims can proceed in an arbitrable forum, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires the arbitration agreement to be enforced according to its terms. The case arose from a …

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by Max Slater

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking the release of videotapes of the interrogation of an inmate held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The CCR filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of Mohammed al-Qahtani …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Ankara 12th High Criminal Court accepted an indictment on Tuesday charging former Turkish president Kenan Evren with crimes against the state in relation to the 1980 coup. The ex-president was the head of the 1980 military coup that overthrew the existing government and ended the violence between the left and right-wing groups. The former air force …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Minneci v. Pollard that where state tort law authorizes adequate remedies for individuals harmed by private employees working at a federal facility, and where the private employees have no employment or contractual relationship with the government, no remedy under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously upheld a ruling blocking the implementation of an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that would have prohibited state courts from considering Islamic and international law in deciding cases. Approved by approximately 70 percent of Oklahoma voters, but challenged by the American …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court issued a ruling on Tuesday in Gonzalez v. Thaler interpreting two sections of the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) and holding that a judgment becomes final for the purposes of habeas corpus review when the time for pursuing direct review to either …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Israeli Knesset Tuesday passed a bill that imposes harsher penalties on illegal migrants in Israel, as well as on Israelis who help illegal migrants. The bill amends the Prevention of Infiltration Law of 1954, broadening the law to include not only individuals suspected of terrorism, but all illegal migrants. Under the new law, individuals living …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday issued an order warning Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani that continued failure to comply with court rulings could result in contempt of court proceedings or his removal from office. The court said that Gilani has failed to follow court orders to reopen corruption cases against …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Yemen's newly appointed Council of Ministers on Sunday approved a draft law that would grant President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from any charges against him for alleged human rights violations from his time in office. The law also grants immunity to anyone who worked for Saleh's civil, military or …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Western Judicial Military Circuit Court at Camp Pendleton heard opening statements Monday in the trial of the US Marine squad leader allegedly responsible for the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in November 2005. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich is charged with voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, dereliction of duty …

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