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Legal news from Tuesday, May 22, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi will face charges of illegally entering the country of Mauritania, an anonymous source told Reuters on Monday. Al-Senussi, who served under Muammar Gaddafi, was arrested in Mauritania in March. A trial in the country will delay other international efforts to prosecute al Senussi. Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted five police officers in absentia for the death of protesters last year and sentenced each to 10 years in prison. The men were charged with killing protesters during the 2011 revolution. The conviction was a victory for victims' families who have seen many police acquitted on similar charges. Nearly 200 police officers and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a $3.4 billion settlement in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit. Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia approved the settlement …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that member states have broad discretion in deciding which prisoners should get the right to vote, giving the UK six months to propose amendments to its laws. In the present case, the court found that there was no violation of Article 3 of Protocol …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) do not have to release records pertaining to CIA detention and interrogation programs for prisoners in US custody overseas. The unanimous three-judge panel held that certain exemptions under the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim was charged Tuesday along with two colleagues for violating a government protest ban. They face charges for violating the recently passed Peaceful Assembly Act by participating in a large-scale demonstration last month to demand electoral reforms. Anwar, who was acquitted of sodomy …

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by Michael Haggerson

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Tenenbaum v. Song BMG Music, et al., an appeal by a student who was fined $675,000 by a jury for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs on the Internet. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Breyer abstained from the decision without explanation. The case now …

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by Michael Haggerson

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. that the cost of translating documents cannot be awarded to the winning party in federal court under 28 USC § 1920(6). Although it had been common practice for 70 years for federal courts to include people …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Astrue v. Capato that children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a parent's death are not entitled to that parent's social security benefits. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced the decision, which agreed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that an …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Holder v. Gutierrez that an alien must individually satisfy the requirements of 8 USC § 1229b(a) rather than it being imputed on them by a parent. Justice Elena Kagan delivered the opinion of the court, which was simply that the Board of Immigration Appeals [official …

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