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Legal news from Thursday, April 26, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies Wednesday passed amendments to the country's Forest Code, which requires landowners to conserve certain percentages of total acreage as forested terrain. Passed 247-184 over strong opposition, the controversial legislation eases conservation rules for farmers and provides amnesty from fines for illegally clearing trees. Farmers and other supporters of the bill …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals for District II on Wednesday declined to hear a request to overturn a temporary injunction against the state's controversial voter ID law, which requires that all voters present a form of photo identification at the polls. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the other named …

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by Julia Zebley

Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced Wednesday that the government will appeal a recent prostitution ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. The decision rendered three portions of the nation's current anti-prostitution law unconstitutional and imposed a 30-day period for the government to file an appeal. Nicholson spoke on the …

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by Julia Zebley

The Supreme Court of Pakistan convicted Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt of court Wednesday for disobeying a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The decision proscribed a symbolic punishment of "imprisonment till the rising of the Court today," and does …

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by Katherine Getty

Kenya dismissed four senior judges on Wednesday after an independent board found that they lacked integrity and were incompetent. The men removed from their position were Riaga Omollo, the Chief of the Court of Appeals, Samuel Bosire, Emmanuel Okubasu and Joseph Nyamu. Five other judges were cleared of any suspicion in the proceedings. The investigative panel …

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by Katherine Getty

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday that recent restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a number of countries may fundamentally effect freedoms and human rights. Pillay highlighted Egypt, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Belarus, Israel and Venezuela as examples of countries that have enacted laws that are curtailing freedoms of NGOs. The most …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Thursday convicted former Liberian president Charles Taylor on all 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war. Trial Chamber II found unanimously that Taylor aided and abetted Revolutionary United Front (RUF) …

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