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Legal news from Sunday, May 20, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

Blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in New York on Saturday, resolving a US-China struggle that began when Chen escaped house arrest last month and fled to the US embassy in Beijing, seeking protection from Chinese authorities. In a press conference Saturday evening Chen thanked the US for its help …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US District Court for the District of Utah on Tuesday overturned Utah Code §§ 76-10-1206 and 76-10-1233, major parts of a Utah law that regulate electronic materials potentially harmful to minors. Originally passed in 2005, the law was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah as overbroad …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Mendez concluded his nine-day visit to the Republic of Tajikistan on Friday, stating that he was pleased with the country's recent modifications designed to aid in eradicating torture, but that mistreatment of suspects remains the norm. Mendez is especially encouraged by the recent introduction of a …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi died in Libya on Sunday after losing his battle with cancer. His brother reported that Megrahi, 60, died in his home in Tripoli after his health deteriorated rapidly due to his condition. Megrahi was a former Libyan intelligence officer and the only person convicted of the bombing of …

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