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Legal news from Tuesday, June 19, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A former candidate in Egypt's presidential election and several non-government organizations filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Egypt's interim constitution, which was put in place by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). SCAF amended the constitution on Monday, adding a provision which will transfer power to the newly elected president by the end …

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by Sung Un Kim

The War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court on Tuesday sentenced four former police officers for crimes committed during the Serbo-Croatian War in which around 20,000 people lost their lives. The four paramilitaries have been accused of killing at least six non-Serb civilians in the eastern Croatian town Beli Manastir in 1991. The presiding …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Fair Elections Legal Network and three other rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Florida citizens and organizations challenging the state's purging of voter rolls. The suit is the third lawsuit filed against Florida seeking to end the controversial practice; similar suits have been filed by the American …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Two leaders of the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday sent a letter to Chief Justice Roberts of the Supreme Court asking that the court consider televising a live broadcast of its decision regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Supreme Court …

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by Sung Un Kim

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday sentenced the former captain at the Butare military academy, Ecole des Sous-Officiers, to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for violence perpetrated in Butare prefecture. After 54 trial days of evidence, testimonies of 84 witnesses and 130 decisions, the court rendered its …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Eastman Kodak filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that Apple is illegally using its patented technology. The complaint alleges that Apple erroneously maintains ownership of technology developed when the two companies worked together in the early 1990s. Kodak is suing to prevent further use of the technology without permission, as it plans to sell the patents [Reuters …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern on Tuesday about the safety of the civilians in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The armed conflict between the government and the M23 movement, which has been conducting a mutiny in North Kivu Province …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions published a report, released Tuesday, asking the US to clarify its policy of targeted killing of terrorism suspects through raids and unmanned drone strikes. Christof Heyns noted that the US government has failed in the past to provide a comprehensive explanation of its drone-attack policy, …

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by Sung Un Kim

A special military court in Dhaka on Monday convicted 611 of the 621 accused in the 13th Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Battalion for their participation in the February 2009 mutiny. Only 10 soldiers were acquitted while the remaining soldiers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from four months to seven years. Since the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Polish Institute of National Remembrance (INR), the body charged with investigating Nazi and communist-era crimes, on Tuesday began its investigation into crimes committed against Jewish women in a small northeastern Polish town during World War II. It was alleged that in 1941, Jewish women from the ghetto in Szczuczyn were hired by farmers who …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday released a report alleging widespread abuses by the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). The report documents numerous instances excessive force, sometimes deadly, to suppress speech, subdue protesters, and target ethnic and racial minorities. It also alleges a culture of impunity among the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Constitutional Court of Germany on Tuesday ruled that the Bundestag, the national parliament, has the right to be heard on the European financial crisis. In the case initiated by the Green party, the court held that Chancellor Angela Merkel …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Cyprus government's practice of detaining all illegal migrants seeking asylum in the island nation violates international law, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. AI claims that Cyprus systematically detains migrants without exploring alternative methods of dealing with the individuals, in violation of European Union law. The report also alleges that the detainees are …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday disqualified Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from being a member of Parliament since his April contempt conviction. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also announced that Gilani ceased to be the country's prime minister since the date of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor will appeal his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone, his lawyers notified the court on Monday. In a brief filing with the Special Court for Sierra Leone his lawyers informed the court that …

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by Jamie Davis

An Illinois man on Monday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois against Bureau County alleging that prison officials in the county denied him necessary HIV medication during his weeklong incarceration. Plaintiff Arick Buckles alleges in his complaint that officials at the Bureau County Jail were "were deliberately …

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by Sung Un Kim

The first legal complaint against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was filed on Monday for his alleged involvement in the French sale of submarines to Pakistan in the 1990s. Olivier Morice, the lawyer acting for the victims of a 2002 bombing in Karachi, filed suit against the former president to investigate whether the assets …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A New York native and terror suspect pleaded guilty Monday to charges of providing material support [18 USC § 2339B materials], including money and computer assistance, to al Qaeda. Wesam El-Hanafi plead guilty before Judge Kimba Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. El-Hanafi was charged …

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