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Legal news from Monday, June 25, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Prosecutors in the retrial of Ramush Haradinaj, a Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander and the former prime minister of Kosovo, on Monday asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to give him a sentence of at least 20 years. Prosecutor Paul Rogers told the court that he …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Monday issued a per curiam opinion, striking down a century-old campaign finance law in Montana that restricts the amount of money corporations can spend on campaigns. In American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock, the court found that the restrictions imposed by Montana's 1912 Corrupt Practices Act …

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by Sung Un Kim

Ugandan Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo said last week that no "government official is bent to harass any section of the community and everybody in Uganda enjoys the freedom to lawfully assemble and associate freely with others." The statement came only a day after the government had announced that it will …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday transferred the case of Aloys Ndimbati to the authorities of the Republic of Rwanda. Ndimbati, a former local government official in Rwanda, has been charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, incitement to commit genocide, and crimes against humanity including murder, rape, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in 10 cases. In the consolidated cases of Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Georgia-Pacific West v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine whether a citizen may bypass judicial review of a National Pollutant Discharge …

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by Sung Un Kim

India's Foreign Minister SM Krishna announced Monday that the New Delhi police have arrested a key suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Abu Hamza, an alleged member of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), is believed to be a previously unidentified man who was talking on the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in two combined cases that mandatory life sentences for juveniles violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, the court was asked to consider the life sentences of two 14-year-old boys who, after being convicted of …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Tunisian government on Sunday extradited former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi to Libya to face trial for his alleged crimes against the Libyan people. Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali made the decision over the opposition of Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki who argued that al-Mahmoudi could …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-3 that three provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law are preempted by federal law but upheld the most controversial provision. In Arizona v. United States, four specific provisions of the law were at issue: Section 2(B), which requires police officers …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Israel is expected to hear an appeal Monday by a suspected Bosnian war criminal who was ordered to be extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to stand trial for crimes committed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Aleksander Cvetkovic was among eight soldiers accused of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was ordered to be seen by a court-appointed doctor on Monday after she failed to appear at her tax evasion trial. Tymoshenko is reportedly suffering from a spinal condition which causes her debilitating pain. The court-appointed doctor will determine whether Tymoshenko is fit to stand trial. …

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