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Legal news from Thursday, June 14, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday sentenced Allen Stanford to 110 years in prison without parole. Judge David Hittner reduced the sentence from the 230 years originally requested by the prosecution last week for his $7 billion Ponzi scheme. Defense …

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by Sung Un Kim

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report on Wednesday claiming that it costs $68,270 per year to house a prisoner age 50 and older while many pose virtually no threat to society. The ACLU found that 16 percent of the national prison population is age 50 and older with California, Texas, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt dissolved the Egyptian Parliament on Thursday after finding that one-third of its members were elected illegally. The court determined that because some of the members were elected illegally, the entire body is invalid. The decision was an affirmance of a lower court ruling finding that the election …

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by Sung Un Kim

Pro-democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday urged the international community to support Myanmar in its attempt to build a stronger democracy and uphold the rule of law. In her speech at the 101st International Labour Conference by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of …

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by Sung Un Kim

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday submitted a renewed application seeking an arrest warrant for Sylvestre Mucadumura, a field commander in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Mucadumura is accused of having committed five counts of crimes against humanity …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven Guatemalans who alleged that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS). In its decision, the court found that under the Federal Tort Claims …

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by Sung Un Kim

The state of Arizona on Wednesday filed an Application to Stay Mandate asking the US Supreme Court to allow state election officials to demand voters to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote. In April, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, upheld a portion …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Obama administration on Thursday filed a brief in the US Supreme Court asking the justices to limit corporate liability for human rights violations occurring overseas. The government argued that the court should dismiss the lawsuit in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.. The issue in the case is whether three oil companies are …

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by Sung Un Kim

Syrian armed forces are continuing to engage in a pattern of abuses against and deliberate killings of civilians, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Thursday. The 70-page report was based on interviews conducted in 23 towns and villages in the Aleppo and Idlib governorates. AI found new evidence of crimes against humanity and …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Libya on Thursday nullified a controversial law that criminalizes and punishes speech and propaganda endangering the security of the state or glorifying former leader Muammar Gaddafi. In a brief hearing, the court's constitutional chamber announced that the law is unconstitutional. The law prohibits speech and …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that is designed to affirm the rights of homeless individuals and prevent discrimination. The "Homeless Bill of Rights" was passed to ensure that "no person should suffer unnecessarily or be subject to unfair discrimination based on his or her homeless status." Among the rights ensured by …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Bahrain court on Thursday overturned or reduced the sentences for most of the 20 medical professionals convicted in September of participating in the country's pro-democracy protests against the ruling regime. The 13 doctors, one dentist, nurses and paramedics who were jailed for providing treatment to injured protesters all worked at the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama, …

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by Sung Un Kim

Israel's Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss released a report on Wednesday that criticized the way Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handled the May 2010 flotilla incident. In the 153-page report, Lindenstrauss stressed that there were "significant shortcomings" in the decision making process. Despite warnings about the potential …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

US Attorney General Eric Holder swore under oath Tuesday that the Obama administration will not transfer Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the Thomson prison in Illinois, despite earlier plans. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Holder discussed plans of acquiring the Thomson facility, which would ease overcrowding and be …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

A Tunisian military court on Wednesday sentenced former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in absentia to life in prison in connection with his part in the killing of 22 protesters last year. Earlier on Wednesday Ben Ali was sentenced to 20 years on charges of inciting violence and murder in connection …

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