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Legal news from Wednesday, April 18, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN agency charged with combating international crime and an organization promoting fair and efficient migration practicessigned an agreement on Tuesday pledging to work together to reduce human trafficking and migrant smuggling. In the agreement, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) …

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by Max Slater

British Petroleum (BP) and a group of plaintiffs' attorneys sought preliminary approval from a federal judge on Wednesday on a settlement agreement between the oil company and individuals and businesses adversely affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP and the plaintiffs hope that Judge Carl Barbier of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Libyan military commander filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against former UK Justice Minister Jack Straw alleging that the minister was instrumental in his illegal rendition to Libya, where he was tortured under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. Abdel Hakim Belhadj and his wife were transferred to Libya in 2004 as prisoners and were allegedly tortured at …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called Tuesday for the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to cease the recent violence which has led to civilian casualties on both sides. Pillay emphasized that both governments have an obligation under international human rights and humanitarian law to guarantee protection for civilians. Pillay …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Rwandan high court ruled Wednesday that the case against opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza will continue despite her announcement this week that she refuses to attend further proceedings. The court's ruling paves the way for the prosecution to begin its case on Monday in Ingabire's absence. She faces charges …

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by Katherine Getty

Muslim Cleric Abu Qatada lodged and appeal of his deportation from the UK with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday. He cannot be deported to Jordan until his appeal is answered. The deadline for filing the appeal was late Tuesday night, and his counsel filed just under the deadline. The UK government …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a portion of an Arizona voter registration law requiring voters to show identification at the polls, while striking down a provision that further required proof of citizenship to register to vote in federal elections. The court held that Arizona's 2004 Proposition 200 [amendment, …

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by Jerry Votava

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued a request for information to the US Department of Defense on Tuesday under the under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding a December 2009 missile attack in Yemen that is alleged to have killed at least 35 civilians. The …

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by Jerry Votava

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Dorsey v. United States on whether minimum sentencing mandates in the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) should be applied to crimes committed before the FSA was enacted, but where sentencing occurred after. This case was consolidated with Hill v. United States. …

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