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Legal news from Thursday, May 31, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

An appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man seeking to recover damages because of a false rumor that he was gay. The court noted that because the man did not assert specific harm, the false statements must amount to "'slander per se'—those categories of …

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by Sung Un Kim

Blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng urged the US on Thursday to "try harder" to promote the rule of law in China. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Chen informed the audience that the rule of law in China is still weak and that much has to be …

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by Sung Un Kim

Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday rejected the prosecution's application for an arrest warrant against Sylvestre Mudacumura, a field commander in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). The prosecution announced that it would apply for an arrest warrant [JURIST …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka told reporters on Wednesday that former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko may face additional criminal charges, including charges relating to the 1996 shooting of lawmaker Yevhen Shcherban and his family. Pshonka indicated that he believes Tymoshenko transferred money [RFE/RL report] to the individuals who organized the murder. Serhiy …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Italian Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that Germany does not have to compensate Italian victims of Nazi war crimes. The ICJ ruled in favor of Germany in February. Germany had argued that Italy failed to respect Germany's jurisdictional immunity by (1) allowing civil …

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by Sung Un Kim

Judge Carl Barbier for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana signed a case management order on Wednesday outlining the structure for the upcoming trial of Gulf oil spill claims scheduled for January 14, 2013. Barbier divided the trial into two phases. In phase one, or the "incident" phase, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday ruled that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional because it interferes with a state's right to define marriage. The decision is the first judgment by …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Moldovan government should enact coherent anti-discrimination legislation to ensure equal treatment of men and women, the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice said Wednesday. Kamala Chandrakirana, the chair of the working group, pointed out the inefficiency of allowing practices that subject women to discrimination. The group noted that …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Egypt's state-of-emergency will come to an end on Thursday when a two-year extension on a law authorizing broad government powers of arrest and detention expires. Individuals who have already been sentenced or detained under the less-restrictive requirements of the emergency law will not be released, and trials in Egypt's Emergency State Security Court (ESSC) are permitted to continue. On …

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by Sung Un Kim

The European Commission on Thursday referred Germany to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for not complying with the EU Data Retention Directive. The Commission is asking the court to impose fines on Germany for breach of EU law in the amount of 315,036.54 euros (USD $390,771.32). In 2010, the German …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the Supreme Court of Nepal was shot and killed Thursday while traveling to work. Judge Rana Bahadur Bam, who was under investigation for allegedly taking bribes was shot in his vehicle by two masked men on motorcycles. Two other passengers in the car were also injured. Reports alleged that Bam …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A report released by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) concluded that two of the prosecutors involved in the 2008 trial of former senator Ted Stevens acted recklessly in their management of evidence, leading to a failure to disclose crucial evidence to Stevens's defense team. The DOJ suspended Joseph Bottini and James …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona ruled Tuesday that several Arizona residents have legal standing to challenge the state's controversial immigration law passed in 2010. The ruling came after several plaintiffs argued that they have legal standing to challenge the statute because its enforcement …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday sentenced former Rwandan Minister of Youth and Sports Callixte Nzabonimana to life in prison after finding him guilty of charges related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Nzabonimana was accused of planning, leading and participating in the mass …

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by Sung Un Kim

The California Senate voted 23-13 Wednesday to approve a bill that would ban psychotherapies aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors. According to supporters, the underlying reason for the legislation is that homosexuality is not a disease and should not be treated as such. Moreover, therapies and efforts to reverse homosexuality were found to …

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by Jamie Davis

The Tunisia Judges' Union went on strike Wednesday to protest a decision by Justice Minister Noureddine Bhiri to fire more than 80 judges. According to the head of the Judge's Union, Raoudha Abidi, the judiciary's open-ended strike will not end until Bhiri reverses his decision to terminate the judges' employment and allows the …

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