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Legal news from Thursday, January 26, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday lifted an injunction won by Chevon Corporation to block enforcement of what the US oil company claims is a fraudulent, multibillion-dollar judgment in Ecuador for polluting the Amazon jungle. In reversing the decision made by the US District Court …

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by Katherine Getty

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Minnesota statute requiring people convicted of crimes to submit a DNA sample does not violate the Fourth Amendment right to unreasonable search. The Minnesota law, which was enacted in 2010, requires an offender to submit a DNA test, upon sentencing, before release from prison and …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A media adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday that the government will take legal action on behalf of the victims of the November 2005 Haditha killings, in which 24 Iraqi civilians were killed. Government spokesman Ali al-Moussawi expressed displeasure with the outcome of the …

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by Jamie Reese

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay addressed the UN Security Council Wednesday, expressing concern over alleged current human rights violations in Libya. Pillay first noted that the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) has expressed their commitment to human rights and has taken encouraging steps in that direction in the form of legal …

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by Jennie Ryan

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit asking the court to overturn the decision to block provisions of the state's new controversial immigration law. The state is asking the court to overturn the district court ruling blocking two provisions of …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Constitutional Court of Romania on Wednesday ruled that a law allowing local and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time is unconstitutional. The Romanian Parliament passed the law in December, but objections from opposition leaders and anti-government protesters followed. The opposition argued that the law would …

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by Julia Zebley

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Wednesday upheld the conviction and 31-year sentence of Radomir Vukovic for his part in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war. While Vukoic's appeal was denied, Zoran Tomic won his appeal on a lack of evidence. As a member of the 2nd …

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