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Legal news from Tuesday, January 17, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In United States v. Home Concrete & Supply LLC the court heard arguments on what can activate an "extended six-year assessment" period for taxes. The case questions if an understatement of gross income attributable to an overstatement of property …

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by Brandon Gatto

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced Tuesday that the Commission will legally challenge three Hungarian laws. The laws, passed last month in conjunction with Hungary's new constitution, are viewed by Barroso and the Commission as violations of EU law. First, the Commission contends that European law has instituted an independent national central …

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by Sung Un Kim

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) transferred prosecution materials to the Rwandan government on Monday for the first time with respect to a case stemming from the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The transfer was announced at a press conference by the ICTR's prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow and Rwanda's Prosecutor-General Martin …

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by Hillary Stemple

The trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, accused of ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses, began on Tuesday before a seven-judge panel of the Spanish Supreme Court. The court announced in October that Garzon would stand trial on the charges after the he was indicted in April for ordering …

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by Max Slater

An Algerian court on Monday sentenced former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdul Aziz Naji to three years in prison for his participation in a foreign extremist group affiliated with al Qaeda. The sentence was less than the 10 years in prison and USD $6,330 fine sought by the prosecution. Naji was captured in 2002 near …

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by Hillary Stemple

A French judge has requested access to information from Guantanamo Bay in order to investigate allegations of torture being made by three French citizens. Judge Sophie Clement requested access to documents, as well as access to individuals who had contact with the men during their arrest and detention by the US government. Clement is specifically seeking information …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Maldives military Monday arrested the chief justice of the nation's criminal court after he released a detained opposition leader. Judge Abdulla Mohamed was arrested for corruption in an unprecedented move by the military that has sparked street protests and prompted all the country's courts to boycott sessions. Opposition activists claim the arrest was made in retaliation …

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by Dan Taglioli

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Tuesday blocked the deportation of a Muslim cleric from the UK to Jordan. Abu Qatada is a Palestinian-Jordanian Islamic scholar who fled the Middle East under persecution to London in 1993, where he was granted political asylum. The ECHR has blocked deportation on the grounds that the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Friday in US v. Bormes [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the federal government has sovereign immunity for damages arising from the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in 2010 that the Little Tucker Act [Cornell …

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by Jerry Votava

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called on Egypt's newly elected parliament to pursue an agenda to reform nine areas of Egyptian law that impede freedom and restrict rights. Some of the reforms urged include ending the state of emergency, reforming police law and expanding freedom of expression. In the report, HRW said:Over …

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