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Legal news from Wednesday, January 25, 2012
by Max Slater

The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday authorized the use of television cameras and other recording devices in state courts. The order permits "extended media coverage" in courtrooms, which entails broadcasting of proceedings by the use of television, radio, photographic or recording equipment for the purpose of gathering and disseminating news to the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A court in Montenegro on Wednesday sentenced four former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) soldiers to up to four years in prison for war crimes committed during the Croatian conflict. In a retrial of a 2010 case, the court found the four defendants guilty of torturing prisoners [RFE/RL report] at a detention camp in Morinj between 1991 and 1992. The …

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by Jennie Ryan

The United Nations (UN) on Wednesday refused to replace a judge presiding over investigations at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) after Cambodia attempted to block him. Laurent Kasper-Ansermet is the judge tasked with investigating two possible suspects believed to be involved in the deaths of around 1.7 million people during the …

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by Dan Taglioli

A group of Maldives lawyers this week submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) the controversial case of detained Maldives Judge Abdulla Mohamed, calling Mohamed's continued detention a violation of the International Convention on the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance. The legal team is contesting the conditions of Mohamed's arrest and …

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by Katherine Getty

A federal judge in the US District Court for the District of Montana on Friday ruled that the state's medical marijuana law does not protect providers of the drug from federal prosecution. Judge Donald Molloy dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by 14 medical marijuana providers who had all been …

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by Jerry Votava

The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC), a Serbian human rights group, alleged on Tuesday that Serbian General Ljubisa Dikovic committed war crimes in 1998 and 1999 during the war in Kosovo. The HLC pointed to evidence uncovered during the trial of former Serbian president …

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by Jerry Votava

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced Tuesday that Eygpt's state of emergency that has been in effect for nearly 30 years would be lifted later this week. Tantawi did indicate that some of the powers from the state of emergency would remain in effect [AP …

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