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Legal news from Tuesday, May 29, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

King County Superior Court Judge Sharon Armstrong on Tuesday denied a motion for preliminary injunction against Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna over his participation in a health care challenge. The motion brought by female citizens and the advocacy group Fuse Washington alleged that McKenna violated his ethical duties as a lawyer …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Louisiana State Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill strengthening Louisiana's ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Both practices were already prohibited under other laws in Louisiana. The new bill amends the state's medical consent law, stating: "A. Nothing in this Part shall be construed to condone, …

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by Sung Un Kim

Pakistani judges are being pressured to apply a controversial blasphemy law, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul reported on Tuesday. In her initial observations of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, she expressed concern that judges are "coerced" to rule against the accused without …

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by Sung Un Kim

A French court ruled Tuesday that Google is not liable for damages to French television company TF1 for copyrighted sports and movies that were uploaded on YouTube. TF1 brought the suit against Google claiming 141 million euros in damages arising out of Google allowing or failing to filter copyrighted content on …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Tuesday in Marx v. General Revenue Corp. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether a defendant may be awarded attorney's fees in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) [15 USC § 1692 text, PDF] where the plaintiff brought the lawsuit in good faith. The FDCPA allows a …

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by Sung Un Kim

Turkish police on Tuesday arrested six former military officials for their involvement in the 1997 coup which led Turkey's Islamist-led government to resign. The six officials were among the 10 suspects prosecutors included in their arrest warrants. They have been charged with participating in forcing the resignation of Necmettin Erbakan, an Islamist prime minister. Erbakan was a …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission on Monday denied an application for bail by Muslim cleric Abu Qatada. In his decision, Mr. Justice Mitting suggested that the risk of losing Qatada was too great to allow his release, especially given his likely pending deportation. Qatada …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Istanbul criminal court on Monday unanimously approved a 144-page indictment against four Israeli military leaders for their involvement in the killing of nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists during the May 2010 flotilla incident. The prosecution is seeking 10 life jail sentences against former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff General Gabi Ashkenazi, Navy commander Vice Admiral …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Police in Papua New Guinea on Monday arrested and charged Supreme Court Justice Nicholas Kirriwoma with sedition. Kirriwoma is the second Supreme Court justice that has been arrested for Sedition this month. Last week, police stormed the country's Supreme Court and arrested Chief Justice Salamo Injia on similar charges. Both judges were part of the three-judge panel …

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by Sung Un Kim

Jacques Mungwarere, a former Rwandan school teacher, pleaded not guilty before the Ontario Superior Court Monday to two charges relating to his involvement in the Rwandan genocide. Mungwarere was charged with one count of genocide by murder and one count of crimes against humanity by murder. He is the second Rwandan genocide …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Senate of the Philippines on Tuesday voted to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona on charges of violating the constitution through failure to declare his assets in a sworn statement. Renato was impeached on eight charges, but only one issue was brought to a vote. The most high profile of the allegations included …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Israeli military court on Sunday sentenced Palestinian protest leader Bassem al-Tamimi to 13 months imprisonment for encouraging youth to throw rocks at Israeli soldiers. He was charged with urging the youth to throw the rocks during a demonstration he led in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh to protest Israeli settlers taking Palestinian lands for …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed disappointment Monday with Nepal for its failure to meet the Sunday deadline to write a new constitution. With the country's failure to draft a new constitution, Ban is concerned that the country may face another period of turmoil and urges the government should undertake every effort to …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was released on bail on Monday, according to his lawyer. Rajab was arrested for insulting a statutory body through messages he posted on Twitter criticizing the Interior Ministry. Rajab is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), a group that has been critical of the Bahraini …

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by Sung Un Kim

Most of the victims of a recent massacre in Houla, Syria, were shot at close range, including women and children, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) revealed Tuesday. UN officials disclosed that most of the civilians killed during last week's massacre appeared to be victims …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has ended his hunger strike because he believes he has adequately raised awareness of his cause, Al-Khawaja's wife told Reuters on Monday. Al-Khawaja has been on a hunger strike for over three months to protest the imprisonment of Bahraini pro-democracy demonstrators, including himself. He was sentenced …

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