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Legal news from Tuesday, January 24, 2012
by Max Slater

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled 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 to a statewide ban on same-sex marriage. …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday condemned 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 maintains the death penalty for even non-fatal crimes, but there has been no …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla, who alleged that he had been illegally detained at a military jail in South Carolina. Claiming nominal monetary redress against Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta [official …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Canadian government on Monday deported Rwandan war crimes suspect Leon Mugesera, after a Quebec Superior Court 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 of delivering a speech in 1992 urging fellow Hutus to …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

US Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich pleaded guilty 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. Wuterich was charged with voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, obstruction of justice and dereliction of duty in court-martial …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The second trial of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon began on Tuesday before the Spanish Supreme Court. Garzon has been charged with abusing power by opening an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. In 2008, Garzon ordered the exhumation …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The French Senate on Monday passed a bill that outlaws denial of genocide crimes, including the World War I-era killings of more than one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers. The Senate voted 126-86 in favor of the bill, despite a Senate committee rejecting the bill last …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Convicted Serbian war criminal Radovan Stankovic 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 in 2006, including rape, enslavement and torture. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) …

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