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Legal news from Tuesday, February 28, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The Constitutional Council of the French Republic on Tuesday ruled that a French law making it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered a genocide by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is unconstitutional. Ultimately, the Council found that the law's provisions allowing the imposition of a €45,000 …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to grant an injunction, and denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Michigan v. US Army Corp. of Engineers. Five states petitioned the court in October asking them to overturn a lower court ruling and to require the US Army Corps of …

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by Keith Herting

The Virginia Senate on Monday approved a bill requiring identification from those trying to vote in elections. The bill passed 21-20 after an initial 20-20 deadlock that was broken by Lt. Governor Bill Bolling. The bill requires voters to provide:A current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current …

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by Hillary Stemple

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that use of a parliamentary subcommittee to fast-track decisions related to eurozone bailouts is unconstitutional, and that such decisions require full oversight of the Bundestag, the national Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany. Two lawmakers brought the challenge to a parliamentary …

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by Max Slater

Iran executed twice as many people in 2011 as it did in the previous year, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "'We Are Ordered to Crush You': Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran," chronicles widespread international human rights violations that Iran's government has allegedly perpetrated over the past year. The AI report claims …

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by Sung Un Kim

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has decided to transfer the case of Fulgence Kayishema to the Rwandan authorities. The three-panel Referral Chamber ordered the transfer so that Rwandan authorities can refer the case to the High Court of Rwanda for trial under Rule 11 bis authorizing the transfer of cases to …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Bangkok Criminal Court on Tuesday convicted a leader of the royalist People's Alliance for Democracy Network, known as "yellow shirts," of corporate fraud. Yellow shirt movement founder and Thai media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole for violating the Securities and Exchange Act by fraudulently securing a loan …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Elgin v. Department of Treasury, the court heard arguments on whether federal district courts have jurisdiction over constitutional claims for equitable relief brought by federal employees under the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA). The petitioners argued that …

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by Andrea Bottorff

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council during an emergency session on Tuesday, called for an immediate end to the violence in Syria. Pillay accused the Syrian forces of committing human rights violations and urged the government to stop its escalating violence against civilians. …

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by Julia Zebley

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) announced Monday that it arrested six Serbian officials in Kosovo on Saturday, under allegations that they were "suspected of exerting undue pressure [...] not to recognize Kosovo institutions." In a closed hearing, a judge determined that five of the suspects will …

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