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Legal news from Thursday, May 17, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted 14 police officers charged in the deaths of protesters during popular uprisings last year. The men were charged with killing protesters on January 28, 2011, one of the most violent days during the revolution. Nearly 200 police officers and government officials, including former president Hosni Mubarak, have …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday called a special legislative session to discuss changes to the state's tough immigration law. The move comes one day after state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would have amended the law to make it easier to defend in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday blocked a portion of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which allows for the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists, finding that it violates the First Amendment. Section 1021 of the NDAA affirms the authority of the …

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by Keith Herting

An Afghan detainee who was handed over to authorities in Afghanistan by UK forces won permission on Wednesday to challenge the legality of the transfer. Before the High Court of Justice in London, Serdar Mohammed claimed that he had been transferred by British forces to a prison in Afghanistan where he was tortured by the Afghanistan intelligence service until …

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by Julia Zebley

The trial of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic began Wednesday in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) but was postponed indefinitely on Thursday due to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. After opening statements concluded on Thursday, Judge Alphons Orie adjourned the trial to allow the …

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by Keith Herting

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor asked Wednesday to be sentenced with an eye toward "reconciliation, not retribution." Speaking during a sentencing hearing before the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague, Taylor claimed he had "sadness and deepest sympathy for the atrocities …

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