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Legal news from Thursday, July 26, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

The UN Human Rights Committee (OHCHR) on Thursday urged Kenya to investigate all cases related to the 2007 post-election violence in order to avoid impunity. The OHCHR expressed concern that the proceedings against the perpetrators responsible for the violence are making slow progress and urged the government to increase efforts to …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Madoff trustee Irving Picard has asked a bankruptcy court to approve the release of between $2.5 and $3.5 billion in recovered assets so that it can be distributed to victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Picard has recovered over $9 billion in assets on behalf of Madoff victims but was previously delayed in his attempts …

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by Dan Taglioli

The North Gauteng High Court at Pretoria in South Africa on Thursday convicted of high treason the leader of an extremist group responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Mike du Toit, leader of the white supremacist group Boeremag, has been on trial for nine years and is the first person found guilty of high …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) on Thursday made available additional funds for the government of Kuwait in an amount of around $1.3 billion for losses suffered during 1990-1991 Iraqi invasion. The funds will be available to six successful claimants, including four claims by corporations and public sector …

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by Dan Taglioli

A man charged with kidnapping, assault and violating a hate crime law in an attack on a gay man filed a motion in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Wednesday challenging the validity of the hate crime law under which he is being prosecuted. Anthony Ray Jenkins, 20, is charged with a …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Thomas More Law Center on Wednesday filed a motion in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan asking the court to block a controversial employer insurance mandate, issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that is scheduled to go into effect …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled Thursday that an individual who is party to a Vermont civil union must first dissolve that civil union before entering into a marriage with a different person in Massachusetts. The case concerns Richard Elia, who in 2005 discovered in the middle of his pending divorce that his spouse …

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by Sung Un Kim

A German court on Thursday dismissed the patent infringement case brought by Microsoft Corp. against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility. Microsoft alleged that Motorola has unlawfully used its patent EP1304891 which monitors different functions on a smartphone and provides such information to other applications utilizing them. Another case that was brought by …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Rwandan leaders who aided armed forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and supplied them with weapons, armor and recruits, including children may have committed war crimes, the leader of the US Office of Global Criminal Justice (GCJ) told reporters on Wednesday. The comments by GCJ leader Stephen Rapp [official …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US government and Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday criticized Cuba for the arrest and detention of more than 40 activists who were attending the funeral of prominent dissident Oswaldo Jose Paya Sardinas who died on Sunday in a car crash. The White House released a …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The New York Police Department (NYPD) used excessive force and violated the rights of protesters who participated in the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, a report issued by a coalition of legal rights organizations said. The report alleges that police frequently used excessive force against protesters indiscriminately, sometimes for no apparent reason. …

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by Dan Taglioli

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a brief with the US Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages, which are legally recognized by the State of New York. The amicus brief was …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Kenyan court on Wednesday lifted the ban on a group that campaigns for the independence of a coastal strip surrounding the city of Mombasa. The three judges for the country's High Court held that there is no evidence demonstrating the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), which was outlawed by the government in 2010 …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday agreed to rehear a case challenging a California law requiring police to conduct buccal mouth swabs to extract DNA samples from any adult arrested or charged with a felony in California. Plaintiffs challenging the law have argued that the DNA collection is …

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by Sarah Posner

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday accused government forces and rebels in Syria of summarily capturing and killing opposition forces in violation of international humanitarian law. The AI report came after 19 bodies were found, including unarmed men and one child, in Damascus earlier this week. The bodies reportedly bore markings indicating that …

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