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Legal news from Wednesday, July 25, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

The UK Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the right not to hold political opinions should be protected in the same manner as the right to affirmatively hold a political, religious or other belief. With the unanimous seven-justice ruling the court held that asylum seekers should not be expected or required to …

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by Sung Un Kim

Massachusetts officials on Tuesday filed two documents in the US Supreme Court challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Attorney General Martha Coakley argued in her brief that Section 3 of DOMA violates the Tenth Amendment as well as the Spending Clause (Article I, Section 8). In addition, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Sudanese court on Wednesday charged two men with terrorism in connection with anti-government protests last month. The two men, including one US resident, were charged with forming a terrorist organization after police allegedly found materials calling for protests and a new government in their homes. Theirs is the first trial for demonstrators arrested during the anti-government …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday announced that the country would withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR). In a statement during a military ceremony, Chavez announced the withdrawal and criticized the regional court, saying it is not fit to be called a human rights court. …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Scottish government announced Wednesday that it plans to bring forward a draft bill that will recognize same-sex marriages with the same legal rights belonging to married heterosexual couples in the country. The measures are expected to be passed by the Scottish Parliament next year, and the first marriages could be held in …

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by Sung Un Kim

JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday agreed to a $100 million settlement in a case alleging that the company increased monthly minimum payments for credit card holders from 2 percent to 5 percent in 2008 and 2009 to profit from higher fees. The settlement, which was filed with the US District Court for …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday announced that he will appeal an injunction issued by a federal district court last month blocking a new Florida law that denies government contracts to companies that do business in Cuba or Syria. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida last month temporarily blocked …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday granted another two weeks for the new Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to comply with its order to reopen the investigation against President Asif Ali Zardari. The adjournment of the case came after the attorney general requested more time to resolve the tension …

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by Sung Un Kim

A regional court of the Philippines on Tuesday granted bail to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who was detained on electoral fraud charges. The court reasoned that the evidence, based mainly on a single witness' testimony, was insufficient to bring the charges against the former president who was in office from 2001 to 2010. She …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany on Wednesday invalidated the country's election law as unconstitutional. Germany has a complex system that sometimes creates extra "overhang" parliamentary seats that benefit the larger parties, a result the court ruled violates constitutional guarantees of citizens' rights to take part in direct, free and …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Mali security forces loyal to the country's coup leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo, have been abducting and torturing opposition soldiers and journalists, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. The report says that 20 soldiers involved in a counter-coup to overthrow Sanago in April have disappeared, and several others have been detained. HRW said that while it …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia released an accused Somali pirate Tuesday after prosecutors failed to produce sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. English-speaking Somali citizen Ali Mohamed Ali, 50, was scheduled to be tried next week on charges of conspiracy to commit piracy, piracy and aiding and abetting, …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The African Union (AU) and the government of Senegal agreed on Tuesday to create a special court to try ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for killing and torturing thousands of political opponents during his reign from 1982-1990. Habre has been living in Senegal since 1990, when he fled Chad after being deposed. …

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by Sung Un Kim

Statistics Canada announced Tuesday that the police-reported crime rate for 2011 declined six percent from 2010, reaching the lowest level since 1972. Throughout the country 1,984,916 incidents of crimes were reported in 2011—110,000 fewer than in 2010. However, despite the fact that rates for most violent crimes fell in 2011, officials said that the country's …

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