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Legal news from Thursday, June 21, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee and convict Omar Khadr on Thursday renewed calls for the Canadian government to respond to a request to transfer Khadr to Canada. A former child soldier for al Qaeda, Khadr has expressed his desire to serve out his sentence in his home country. A …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Thursday called on the international community to protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, he provided several recommendations for improving the situation of countries that infringe upon the rights in question. He found …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A spokesperson for the Libyan government told reporters this week that the government has begun interrogations of the International Criminal Court (ICC) staff members detained in Libya. The Libyan government maintains that they have evidence some of the ICC staff may have broken the law. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr visited Libya [press …

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by Sung Un Kim

A five-judge panel for the West Jakarta district court in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday sentenced Umar Patek to 20 years in prison for his role in several terrorist plots including the Jakarta church bombings in 2000 and the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing. Patek was found guilty of all charges for his participation …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indecency guidelines were too vague to be properly enforced. The case, Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, Inc., hinges on indecency issues raised in two separate broadcasts: one in which a deliberate nudity scene appeared in …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA), which reduces minimum sentences for crack-cocaine convictions, applies to defendants who were sentenced after the act was in place, even if they were arrested before the act took effect. In the combined cases of Dorsey v. United States and …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed a memorandum on behalf of the Obama administration rejecting a request to reveal information about the targeted killing program against suspected terrorists and US citizens abroad. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on …

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by Sung Un Kim

The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) on Thursday indicted Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, secretary general of the Jamaat e Islam (JI) on seven counts of crimes against humanity he allegedly committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The panel of three judges read out the charges …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Thursday that unions cannot increase mandatory fees of nonmembers for political expenditures without providing adequate notice and opportunity to object. In Knox v. Service Employees Int'l Union a group of nonunion, public employees in California sued their union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for imposing a fee …

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by Sung Un Kim

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) police on Thursday arrested two former Bosnian Serb soldiers accused of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Ostoja Stanisic and Marko Milosevic were detained near the eastern town of Zvornik, according to the country's prosecution office. The Special Department for War …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that any fact other than a prior conviction which leads to a sentence greater than the statutory maximum must be submitted to the jury. In Southern Union Co. v. United States, the defendant was convicted under a criminal statute which imposed per diem fines for violations. …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Australian federal court on Thursday fined Apple's subsidiary in the country, Apple Pty Limited, 2.25 million Australian dollars (USD $2.29 million) for its misleading marketing and advertising of iPad tablets. Justice Mordecai Bromberg for the Federal Court of Australia found, and Apple admitted, that the company's advertising of "iPad with WiFi + 4G" …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Two of the founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) have filed appeals in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), challenging their convictions for copyright violations in a Swedish court. Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, two of the co-founders of TPB, filed the appeal in the European rights court after the …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the arrest of Makhdoom Shahabuddin, a former health minister from Punjab Province and the nominee for the country's new prime minister position. President Asif Ali Zardari nominated Shahabuddin earlier on Thursday to fill the position of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who was …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday expressed concern about recent actions taken by the Egyptian military to expand their power, saying the military's expansive power and lack of oversight puts citizens at risk. The rights group said recent decrees of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and other military-controlled bodies have …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Spain resigned Thursday over allegations that he used public funds for personal trips between 2008 and 2012. Carlos Divar, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, announced during a 20-member judicial oversight board meeting that he will step …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander II on Wednesday upheld a jury verdict finding Virginia Tech University guilty of negligence for its response to the 2007 shootings. In March, a jury found the University guilty for failing to warn students of a gunman on the loose after two families brought the case. Alexander lowered [AP …

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