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Legal news from Friday, January 13, 2012
by Michael Haggerson

The Moldovan Constitutional Court on Thursday threw out the results of the recent presidential election and canceled the run off vote planned for January 15. The court ruled that many parliamentary deputies violated the secrecy of the voting procedure by showing their ballots to TV cameras to show …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Myanmar released over 130 political prisoners Friday following announcement by the Burma State Media of a presidential pardon that will free a total of 651 prisoners. Among those released were Hitay Kywe and U Gambira, leaders of a 2007 revolt, Min Ko Naing, student leader of a 1988 protest, and former prime minister Khin Nyunt. In a …

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by Michael Haggerson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has defended the use of recess appointments by President Barack Obama. Obama used recess appointments to install Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and appoint three other individuals to the National Labor Relations Board. …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Warsaw Provincial Court handed down a two-year suspended sentence to former interior minister Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak Thursday. The court found Kiszczak guilty in absentia in relation to the implementation of martial law in 1981. Martial law was declared on December 13, 1981, by Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, who was declared too sick …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Canadian government has given notice that the same-sex marriages performed in Canada between non-Canadian couples are invalid. This means that couples who came to Canada since 2004 to get married are not legally wed. The reversal is policy came to light when a lesbian couple who were wed in Toronto filed for divorce. They were …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law that prevents Palestinians who marry Israelis from obtaining Israeli citizenship. The court upheld the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law in a 6-5 ruling, approving the original version from 2003 along with its amended versions from 2005 and 2007 …

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by Brandon Gatto

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged Nigerian leaders from all sectors of society to make a concerted effort to stop the recent violence against civilians unleashed by the Islamic militant group known as Boko Haram. Only a day after the group's leader promised further attacks against Nigerian …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in the UK said Thursday that there was not enough evidence to try British intelligence agents for alleged complicity in the torture of two detainees. Both cases involve individuals detained by the US with the knowledge of British agents. Neither of the detainees …

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