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Legal news from Wednesday, May 9, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that the public videotaping of police at work does not constitute a crime under the Illinois eavesdropping statute. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) to challenge a 1961 Illinois eavesdropping law on First Amendment [Cornell …

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by Jerry Votava

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal by Muslim cleric Abu Qatada against his deportation from the UK to Jordan for terrorism charges. This appeal was Abu Qatada's final opportunity to block the deportation, and reports indicate the that UK government will shortly begin deportation proceedings …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Referral Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday transferred the case of Ladislas Ntaganzwa to the Rwandan national court system. Ntaganzwa, a former mayor of Nyakizu commune in Butare, remains at large. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, complicity in …

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by Jennie Ryan

Armenian opposition group the Armenian National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday alleged fraud in the country's recent parliamentary elections. The ANC called for the election results to be thrown out because of widespread fraud, including paying for votes, by the Republican Party of President Serzh Sarksyan. The ANC won seven seats in parliament while …

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by Jennie Ryan

Voters in North Carolina on Tuesday passed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. The amendment reads that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State." Sixty-one percent of voters approved the restricted definition of marriage. The amendment …

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