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Legal news from Monday, June 11, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts on Friday rejected a challenge raised by public school children and their parents challenging the inclusion of the phrase "under God" in the US Pledge of Allegiance. In her decision, Judge S Jane Haggerty ruled that the inclusion of the phrase does not automatically convert the pledge into …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California expressed his concern on Friday that the plaintiffs may not have sufficient evidence to proceed with their gender discrimination case against Wal-Mart. Although they filed an amended lawsuit in Wal-Mart v. Duke with the state …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released on Monday the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report documenting that the overall rate of violent crimes has decreased throughout the nation. The report was compiled from information gathered from around 14,000 law enforcement agencies for both 2010 and 2011. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter declined 1.9 percent, and …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) on Monday indicted former Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Abdul Alim on 17 counts of crimes against humanity, making him the seventh high-profile leader to be indicted, Bangladesh's national news agency reported. Alim and other participants in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War against Pakistan face charges …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Victims of alleged torture and international law violations that took place overseas filed their supplemental brief to the US Supreme Court Monday arguing that the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) is not limited to torts that occur in the US. The brief argues that because the 18th century statute was enacted to prosecute …

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by Sung Un Kim

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to adopt a new anti-corruption law to comply with the UN Convention against Corruption. The new plan will be created by the state's Audit Bureau which is the sole authority for fighting corruption and has the role of safeguarding public funds and curbing financial malpractices. Hareb …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The four International Criminal Court (ICC) staff members who are being held in Libya will remain in "preventative" detention for 45 days while an investigation is conducted, a anonymous judicial source told AFP on Monday. The four ICC detainees traveled to Libya Wednesday to meet with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son …

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by Sung Un Kim

Both sides in the case of former Kenyan minister William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang announced on Monday that the trial will start next March before the International Criminal Court (ICC) despite the election during the same month. Ruto is considered a leading candidate in the election which will take place March 4, 2013. …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in seven different cases dealing with Guantanamo Bay detainees. The court's refusal to hear the cases preserves the decisions of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, including the case of Latif v. Obama [docket; cert. petition] in which the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday began reviewing the case of Mohammed Momin Khawaja. The review will mainly focus on the constitutionality of the term "terrorist activity" in the Anti-Terrorism Act. The defense lawyer argued that the motive clause is unconstitutional due to its overbroad and vague nature …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU-FL) announced Friday that it has filed a lawsuit seeking to end Florida's controversial purging of voter rolls. The ACLU-FL contends that Florida's policy of purging voter rolls violates federal law, discriminates against racial minorities, and that in practice, citizens are frequently forced to re-verify their …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 that the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) provides the exclusive form of judicial review for employment grievances of qualifying federal employees. In Elgin v. Department of Treasury, Michael Elgin and several other former federal employees argued that a law [5 USC § 3328 text] …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Evans v. Michigan [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the double jeopardy clause bars retrial after the trial judge erroneously holds a particular fact to be an element of the offense and then grants a midtrial directed verdict of acquittal because the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Monday asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to dismiss the charges against him for lack of evidence. The prosecution finished presenting its case last month, and Karadzic is scheduled to begin his own case in November. Karadzic …

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by Sung Un Kim

The State Council Information Office (SCIO) on Monday published its second National Human Rights Action Plan. The plan succeeds a previous plan covering 2009-2010 period and will address human rights protection work from 2012-2015. The plan indicated that the country has not fully been able to ensure complete …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Google has reached a settlement with a group of French authors, ending a lawsuit challenging its book-scanning initiative, which displayed scanned images of select pages of books, according to a joint statement. The Societe des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) and Google reported Monday that they had "reached …

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by Sung Un Kim

More than 1,300 people filed a criminal complaint on Monday against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for causing the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and for the plaintiffs' resulting radiation. The complaint named as defendants Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman of TEPCO, Masataka Shimizu, the former president of the company, …

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