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Legal news from Wednesday, July 18, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

Hungarian authorities on Wednesday took into custody a 97-year-old Hungarian man suspected of abusing and helping deport thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The man alleged to be Laszlo Csatary was arrested in Budapest after the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a Jewish human rights organization committed to finding and prosecuting Holocaust war criminals, submitted new evidence [JURIST …

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by Dan Taglioli

Chile on Tuesday arrested and charged two retired air force colonels for their roles in the 1974 death of an air force brigadier general who was also the father of Chile's first female president. Colonels Ramon Caceres and Edgar Ceballos were charged with orchestrating the torture that apparently killed Alberto Bachelet after he was arrested in 1973 and court-martialed …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by drone strike …

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by Dan Taglioli

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) detained a prominent human rights lawyer on Tuesday after also arresting his son and brother-in-law, bringing to 25 the total number of Islamist dissidents detained since late March. Mohammed al-Roken, 50, who last year co-defended five Islamists stripped of citizenship by the UAE, was arrested some time around 2:00 AM on his way to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that the state's voter identification law is unconstitutional, issuing a permanent injunction against the law's enforcement. Judge David Flanagan is the second Dane County judge to strike down the law, following a similar ruling by Judge Richard Neiss in March. Flanagan had …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A coalition of civil rights groups on Tuesday asked a federal judge to block a portion of Arizona's controversial immigration law that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop. The US Supreme Court struck down several portions of the law in June on …

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by Dan Taglioli

A Kuwaiti lawyer announced Tuesday that he has filed a lawsuit against Kuwait's prime minister and other government officials in order to pressure authorities to facilitate the release of two Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Lawyer Adel Abdulhadi is seeking the release of Faiz Mohammed Ahmed al Kandari and Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Tuesday urged the US not to execute two individuals with "psychosocial disabilities" who are set to be put to death in Georgia and Texas. Warren Hill was set to be executed Wednesday in Georgia, but after the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied his …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday dismissed petitions by the American Petroleum Institute that challenged recently enacted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations restricting the peak amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from tailpipes and smokestacks that can remain in the air for a one-hour period. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven state attorneys general challenging new health care mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require contraception to be covered under all employer health care plans, including those of religious institutions. Nebraska …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Canadian Federal Court ruled Tuesday that the Canadian government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol was legal. Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent announced that Canada would withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change in December. Canada was the first country …

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by Michael Haggerson

Russian investigators on Monday announced that they have formally charged ex-police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov with the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Pavlyuchenkov, who was a lieutenant colonel at the time of the murder, was arrested in August and is suspected of arranging Politkovskaya's murder, tracking her movements and hiring …

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by Michael Haggerson

The European Commission (EC) stated on Wednesday that urgent action is necessary to ensure that Romania respects the rule of law and judicial independence. The EC stated that Romania has made progress in the past few years, but that recent events have called into question the country's ability to maintain a democratic form …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos on Monday urged all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to take measures to avoid killing civilians. She stressed that failure to take precautions to distinguish between civilians and combatants amounts to a war crime. She also noted that since the situation in Syria [BBC backgrounder; …

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