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Legal news from Monday, March 12, 2012
by Jamie Reese

A UK High Court justice decided Monday to let a right to die case proceed, the first to be allowed in British court. Justice William Charles ruled that a case brought by Tony Nicklinson, age 57, could proceed to hearing. Nicklinson is the victim of a paralyzing stroke and challenges the UK's definition of murder, seeking medical …

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by Jamie Davis

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday overturned the 22-year prison sentence for the "Millennium Bomber," Ahmed Rassam, imposed by the lower court after he was convicted by a jury of nine counts of criminal activity by plotting to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in 1999. The decision came …

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by Jamie Reese

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) objected Monday to the recently passed Texas voter identification law. In a letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, the DOJ claimed that the changes requiring voters to present a valid photo identification are unenforceable under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Swiss voters in a referendum on Sunday supported proposed changes to a Swiss law that imposes heavy fines for people who protest without prior governmental authorization. About 55 percent of voters in Geneva agreed to allow the government to impose a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs, or approximately USD $110,000, on anyone who protests without first obtaining …

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by Matthew Shames

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by Sarah Posner

Lawyers for the Belgian government on Monday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order Senegal to either prosecute former president of Chad Hissene Habre or extradite him to stand trial for atrocities committed during his eight years in power. Habre served as president of Chad from 1982 to …

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by Sarah Posner

A UK human rights group and law firm announced Monday that they will bring legal proceedings against the British government for sharing intelligence with the US to assist in drone strikes against Pakistan. The London charity Reprieve and Leigh Day & Co will sue Foreign Secretary William Hague at the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A 2009 Ethiopian law regulating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is sabotaging charity work and undermining human rights in the country, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. Ethiopia's Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP) blocks Ethiopian NGOs from accepting more than 10 percent of their funding from foreign sources and gives the government authority to appoint NGO leadership …

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