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Legal news from Tuesday, January 24, 2012

[JURIST] The Minnesota Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a trial court must review a lawsuit challenging a Minnesota law prohibiting gay marriage [Section 517.03 text]. The plaintiffs are three same-sex couples who were married in Canada and had been denied marriage licenses by Minnesota due … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Tuesday condemned [press release] Iraq's execution of 34 individuals, including two women, last week. All 34 executions occurred on a single day for crimes described as terrorism-related offenses [Iraq Ministry of Justice, in Arabic]. Iraq maintains the death … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal [opinion, PDF] of a lawsuit brought by US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who alleged that he had been illegally detained at a military jail in South Carolina. Claiming … [read more]

[JURIST] The Canadian government on Monday deported Rwandan war crimes suspect Leon Mugesera, after a Quebec Superior Court [official website] judge ruled that the court did not have jurisdiction to rule on immigration cases. Mugesera, who has been fighting deportation from Canada since 1995, is a former Rwandan politician accused … [read more]

[JURIST] US Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website] pleaded guilty [USMC case materials] Monday to the charge of negligent dereliction of duty, ending the final court-martial resulting from a five-year investigation into the 2005 deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians [BBC backgrounder]. Wuterich was charged with voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless … [read more]

[JURIST] The second trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] began on Tuesday before the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish]. Garzon has been charged with abusing power [JURIST report] by opening an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] during … [read more]

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] on Monday passed a bill that outlaws denial of genocide crimes [materials, in French], including the World War I-era killings of more than one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers. The Senate voted 126-86 [press release, in French] in favor of the bill, … [read more]

[JURIST] Convicted Serbian war criminal Radovan Stankovic [Court of BiH materials] was arrested Saturday in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) after being on the run since May 2007 when he escaped from a Bosnia prison. Stankovic was convicted of multiple war crimes [JURIST report] in 2006, including rape, enslavement and torture. … [read more]

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