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Legal news from Monday, April 2, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington that a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights were not violated when he was strip searched upon entering jail. Petitioner Albert Florence was arrested in New Jersey after being pulled over when it was discovered that …

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by Jamie Davis

Ukraine's Office of the Prosecutor General on Monday granted a request for former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to receive medical treatment outside of the jail in which she is being imprisoned. Tymoshenko will be able to receive treatment in Ukrainian facilities for back pain …

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by Jamie Reese

Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a letter Monday to the chief of staff of the Philippines military, Lt. Gen. Jesse Dellosa, urging the Philippines to act on multiple human rights abuses and hold violators accountable. HRW acknowledges that the reputation of the military has increased with current President Benigno Aquino III in …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Mali leader announced on Sunday that he would reinstate the country's 1992 Constitution and create a transitional government to hold elections. Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo, who led Malian soldiers in a military coup last month, made the promise one day before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Moncrieffe v. Holder [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether a conviction under a provision of state law that encompasses, but is not limited to, the distribution of a small amount of marijuana without remuneration constitutes an aggravated felony, notwithstanding that the record of conviction does …

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by Sarah Posner

A Pakistani court convicted three widows and two daughters of Osama Bin Laden for illegally entering and residing in the country. The court ordered these five women, who were arrested on March 3, to serve 45 days in prison and face deportation after the completion of their sentence. Bin Laden's five family …

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by Sarah Posner

Lawyers for Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and members of the Bahrain opposition appealed a conviction on Monday for anti-state charges to the Court of Cassation. Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life imprisonment last year by a military court and is now on a hunger strike, which has lasted over 50 days. In addition, seven other opposition leaders were sentenced [AP …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a Palestinian family's appeal claiming ownership of a historic property in Jerusalem. The Husseini family claimed that they are the rightful heirs and owners of land that was once the Shepherd Hotel, also known as the former residence of Hajj Amin Husseini, who served as a prominent Muslim …

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