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Legal news from Thursday, February 9, 2012
by Jerry Votava

Iraq has executed 65 people so far this year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. HRW said those executed were convicted of various crimes and counted a total of 51 in January and 14 in February. HRW also called for a moratorium on all future executions, and called for "an overhaul of …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Ohio's request to put a condemned killer to death, effectively putting the state's executions on hold. Without comment, the court refused to allow Ohio to execute Charles Lorraine, a 45-year-old man who was convicted in 1986 of killing an elderly couple. Though Ohio Governor John Kasich …

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by Jamie Reese

US Attorney General Eric Holder, along with Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and 49 state attorneys general announced Thursday that a $25 billion agreement was reached with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses. This agreement is the largest joint federal-state settlement …

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by Jerry Votava

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a consumer privacy group, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia asking that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) block Google's proposed privacy policy changes. EPIC alleged that the changes to the privacy policy …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The implementation of the rule of law in Haiti is making significant progress, UN Independent Expert Michel Forst said Wednesday. Forst focused on improvements such as the establishment of judicial offices, the adoption of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the recent conviction of eight police officers in a …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed said Thursday he would remain in the country and try to regain his office after reports indicated that a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The specific charges are unclear, but Nasheed maintains that the warrant is politically motivated. Nasheed, who resigned on Tuesday, has …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Spanish Supreme Court on Thursday convicted Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon of ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses, after a trial lasting less than one month. The court announced in October that Garzon would stand trial on the charges after the he was indicted in …

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by Jennie Ryan

A rising crime rate in Caribbean nations is one of the main challenges threatening those nations' economies, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) reported Wednesday. According to the Caribbean Human Development Report 2012, the "region is home to 8.5 percent of the world's population, yet it concentrates some 27 percent of the world's homicides. Violence and …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Russian State Duma on Tuesday approved legislation imposing stricter penalties for individuals convicted of sex offenses against minors. The legislation, initiated by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, prohibits probation and sentence deferrals for perpetrators and provides that repeat offenders could face up to life …

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by Jennie Ryan

US and Arab Gulf states are not legally bound by a decision to grant immunity to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and should refrain from doing so, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Wednesday. Last month, the Yemeni parliament approved a bill granting complete immunity [JURIST …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Wednesday allowed "secret evidence" to be used against an Iraqi refugee for terrorism charges, finding probable cause that he is "an agent of a foreign power." Mohanad Shareef Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and terrorist organizations and …

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by Julia Zebley

The Washington state House of Representatives voted 53-43 Wednesday to approve a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Washington currently grants expanded domestic partnership rights rather than full marriage or civil union rights to same-sex couples. The Senate passed the bill last week, and Governor Christine Gregoire is …

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