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Legal news from Tuesday, July 24, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

A senior Russian judge on Tuesday ordered a court to review the appeal of jailed former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky. It remains to be seen whether the order is on a legal technicality or if there will be real progress in the appeal. Once CEO of Yukos Oil …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Australian government has discontinued proceedings against former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks over the profits from his memoir. Australia's Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) decided to halt the proceedings against Hicks, 36, commenced in July 2011 that were aimed at appropriating all profits from the autobiography. The book, …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Iraqi appeals court on Tuesday rejected a request by the defense counsel in the terror trial against the country's vice president Tariq al-Hashemi to call President Jalal Talabani to testify. The defense team, led by Muayad Obeid al-Ezzi, had requested the country's president to testify in the case as a …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Constitutional Court of Romania on Tuesday upheld a change to the country's referendum law that will lengthen voting times by four extra hours. The court ruled that the voting hours extension is constitutional as passed by Parliament, in which the majority of seats is currently held by the Social Liberal …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

An 11-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday upheld part of a South Dakota abortion law that requires doctors to inform women seeking abortions that they face an increased risk of suicide as a result of the procedure. The full panel re-heard the case solely …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced Tuesday that it is sending human rights officials to investigate the recent attack on a relocation camp for internally displaced persons in Nahibly, Ivory Coast. The attack took place last Friday when around 300 individuals attacked the camp …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) Augustine Mahiga on Monday praised Somali leaders for their progress in the selection of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) who will be charged with adopting the country's provisional constitution. Mahiga said that the selection committee for the NCA had announced 816 of …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday unanimously granted a stay of execution for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill 90 minutes before he was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection. The court granted the stay to consider an appeal by Hill, 52, regarding the recent change by the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that the government is not required to release documents that are designated as secret, even though they have allegedly been made available to the public already. The case involves a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating a law in Pennsylvania that requires voters to present photo identification before voting, according to a letter released on Monday. The letter, which was sent in March, requests that Pennsylvania send the DOJ available data relating to the law, including the number of registered …

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by Sung Un Kim

A German court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics by upholding a lower court decision that rejected the request by Apple to ban the sale of South Korean company's Galaxy Tab 10.1 N. The Oberlandesgericht Duesseldorf held that Samsung is allowed to sell the revised version of …

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by Jamie Reese

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday expressed his concern that Syria could potentially use chemical weapons in its ongoing conflict. Ban expressed his hopes that the international community would keep a close eye on the situation, even though the Syrian government has stated it would not use such weapons of …

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