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Legal news from Friday, June 29, 2012
by Max Slater

A minister for France's new Socialist government announced on Friday that France will legalize same-sex marriage by the end of next year. Dominique Bertinotti, the junior minister for families, proclaimed that within a year, same-sex couples in France will be granted all the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, including …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos on Friday expressed concern about deteriorating conditions in Sudan due to continued violent conflict in the country. Amos noted a recent increase in Sudanese refugees crossing into neighboring countries because of the conflict. In her statement, she noted that although the government successfully partnered with …

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by Sung Un Kim

Peter Madoff, brother of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty Friday on charges connected with Bernard Madoff's multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme. He agreed to serve 10 years in prison and give up all of his assets in exchange for permission to remain free until the US District Court for the Southern District …

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by Sung Un Kim

A New York-based labor rights group alleged Wednesday that Apple suppliers in China are violating local Chinese labor laws. China Labor Watch claimed that an Apple Foxconn factory and nine other factories in China that supply Apple force their workers into excessive overtime, pay low wages to compel workers to work overtime, expose …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Security Council on Friday extended the terms of four judges of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Judge William Sekule of the United Republic of Tanzania, Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa of Uganda and Judge Mparany Mamy Richard Rajohnson of Madagascar, whose terms were supposed to end on …

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by Max Slater

Maricopa County, Arizona, asked a judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday to dismiss the county from a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) against Sheriff Joe Arpaio for alleged racial profiling. The county argued that it …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Kuwait delegate has started discussions with US officials for the release of two Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainees, the Kuwaiti Ambassador told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on Friday. Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah stated that further discussions will take place in the near future. He is acting on behalf of Kuwaiti emir Sabah …

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by Max Slater

Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, to end the pattern of human rights abuses committed by former president Hosni Mubarak and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). AI Secretary General Salil Shetty announced that the organization will keep a close eye on …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Friday denied certiorari in a case dealing with media ownership regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In National Association of Broadcasters v. FCC [docket; cert. petition] the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled last year that the FCC must revise its …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday found the defense team of Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist, guilty of misconduct. The decision came a week after a verbal warning that was given to the defense counsel for misconduct such …

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by Max Slater

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Friday criticizing governments across the globe for implementing counterterrorism laws that allegedly infringe upon suspects' due process and basic human rights. While the report acknowledges that terrorism is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, it asserts that counterterrorism laws passed in the wake of the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Referral Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday transferred the case of Pheneas Munyarugarama to the Rwandan authorities. The decision was based on ICTR prosecutors' request two weeks ago for the referral pursuant to Rule 11 bis of the Procedure and Evidence, which authorizes the transfer of …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that a district court erred in holding that corporations can contribute directly to political campaigns. The Fourth Circuit held that the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission does not prevent limitations on direct contributions to candidates. In its …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld a ten-year prison sentence for former civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart for her terrorism conviction. Stewart's sentence was increased to ten years from 28 months last year after a federal judge found that she had shown …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Chinese court in the southwestern city of Chongqing on Friday quashed the sentence against a Chinese blogger and former forestry employee for lack of evidence. With the annulment of the sentence, the Chongqing Third Intermediate Court ruled that the one-year detention of Fang Hong in a police-run labor camp was illegal. He was sentenced to a …

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by Julia Zebley

After the US Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on Thursday, reactions from lawmakers and parties of interest inundated press coverage. US President Barack Obama, who has made the implementation of PPACA a cornerstone of his administration, held a press conference on the decision, praising …

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by Jamie Reese

The US House of Representatives voted Thursday and found US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt [H. Res. 711 materials] for failing to fully comply with subpoenas issued in regards to a failed gun trafficking investigation. Members of the House voted 255-67 with 109 not voting, claiming it was politically motivated. The contempt …

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by Jamie Reese

The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday rejected the request to restore the citizenship of John Demjanjuk, a retired Ohio autoworker convicted of being an accessory to over 28,000 murders as a guard at a Nazi extermination camp. Demjanjuk died in a nursing home in March pending an appeal …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged Sudan authorities to take measures to prevent violence against protesters in demonstrations planned for Friday. In a statement, Pillay said the government should instruct security forces to avoid engaging in violent conflicts with protesters. She also called on the government to release citizens who …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) ruled that the UN Ethics Office has failed to protect the basic rights of a former UN employee, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat and former official for the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) advising on the management of its public utilities, was …

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