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Legal news from Friday, March 23, 2012
by Jerry Votava

US Attorney General Eric Holder signed new guidelines on Thursday for the use of information not related to terrorism activities by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The NCTC is permitted to gather data on American citizens to search for "terrorism information" which it can keep permanently. One of the significant provisions of the new …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

US Army Sgt. Robert Bales was charged with 17 counts of murder Friday for the alleged shooting of Afghan civilians, including women and children, in a Kandahar village almost two weeks ago. He will also be charged with six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault. Bales allegedly went on a shooting rampage in …

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by Jerry Votava

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an order to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday requiring the agency to initiate withdrawal proceedings that could lead to the removal of broad spectrum antibiotics from agricultural livestock feed. In 1977 the FDA released a notice that it …

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by Matthew Pomy

Thirty-five Nigerian villages brought a suit against Shell Friday in a London court alleging Shell's slow response in cleaning up two oil spills in a neighboring river ruined their livelihoods. The lawsuit claims Shell is responsible for unspecified damages suffered by the villages which rely on the river for drinking water and farming. The lawsuit …

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by Matthew Pomy

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Friday over the harassment of Sri Lankan rights activists following the adoption of a UN resolution regarding the investigation of war crimes committed during the country's recent conflict with its separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. The UN Human Rights Council adopted the …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday rejected the motion for new trial filed by Allen Stanford. Judge David Hittner did not provide any reason for his ruling. The order came just one day after Stanford's lawyers argued that their client …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday appealed two decisions by the Dane County Circuit Court blocking Wisconsin's new voter identification law. The DOJ filed on behalf of the defendants in NAACP v. Walker and League of Women Voters v. Walker. Judge Richard Neiss refused to lift …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted on Friday in favor of a resolution condemning the violence in Syria and extending the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry. The 47-member panel voted 41-3 for the resolution with two abstentions. The resolution deplores the escalation of violence that has resulted in an ongoing human rights …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday urged the government of Sri Lanka to adequately investigate alleged war crimes that occurred during the country's 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission released a report in December …

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