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Legal news from Thursday, January 12, 2012
by Jamie Reese

Chief Defense Counsel for Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunals, Colonel J.P. Colwell on Sunday ordered [e-mail, PDF] attorneys under his command not to comply with rules requiring military officials to review all legal correspondence between lawyers and the detainees accused of involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks. The rules were issued …

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by Katherine Getty

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) has recommended that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra amend the law that punishes anyone who insults the royal family with up to 15 years in prison for each separate crime. The Commission was set up by the Thai cabinet in 2010 to investigate the violence …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals the court will determine whether Congress constitutionally abrogated states' Eleventh Amendment immunity when it passed the self-care leave provision of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Petitioner Daniel …

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by Jennie Ryan

A court in Senegal on Thursday rejected a Belgian court's request to extradite Hissene Habre, the former president of Chad, on accusations that he killed and tortured opponents during his regime. Habre served as president of Chad from 1982 to 1990. Belgium alleges that, during that time, Habre was involved in the murder or …

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by Max Slater

The New Jersey Legislature passed an amendment to a bill on Monday that establishes a one-year ban on a natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Legislators re-introduced the bill this year after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) conditionally vetoed legislation last June …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Prosecutors for the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) arrested the former leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) on Wednesday, alleging crimes against humanity committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Ghulam Azam, 89, was taken into custody [bdnews24.com report] Wednesday after his preemptive request for bail, based on …

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