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Legal news from Tuesday, July 31, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Monday ruled that a challenge to the Colorado Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) can proceed. The lawsuit argues that TABOR is unconstitutional because it limits state spending and bars lawmakers from raising taxes without a public referendum, violating the US Constitution …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that the ship formerly known as the Exxon Valdez may be dismantled at the country's biggest scrapyard. The two-judge panel headed by Altamas Kabir overruled a May decision by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board denying the ship, now known as the Oriental …

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by Sung Un Kim

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of the Interior announced Monday that a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who had completed the country's militant rehabilitation program surrendered to Saudi authorities. Adnan al-Sayegh, who was placed in the Ministry's rehabilitation program after returning from Guantanamo in 2006, escaped to Yemen and rejoined al Qaeda. He expressed remorse …

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by Dan Taglioli

The UK High Court in London on Monday denied an application for bail by Muslim cleric Abu Qatada. Qatada had challenged a previous ruling that had denied him bail on grounds that the government's risk of losing Qatada was too great to allow his release, especially given his likely pending …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Complaints about violations committed by Mexico's military forces have been on the rise, a report issued by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego (TBI) said on Monday. The report alleges that Mexican military forces have been committing human rights violations with impunity. TBI noted that the complaints increased dramatically since current Mexican …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Malian soldiers loyal to the country's coup leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo, have been committing human rights violations, including torture, extra-judicial killings, and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report on Tuesday. The report documented inhumane detention conditions of opposition forces, including soldiers who were detained during a failed counter-coup in April. …

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by Sung Un Kim

Indian authorities and Maoist rebel groups have threatened and attacked civil society activists thereby interfering with the human rights work in the area of central and eastern India, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW found that most of the activists who have been victims of violence were residing in India's Orissa, …

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by Sung Un Kim

The European Commission on Tuesday stated that Visa Europe, a subsidiary of Visa, Inc., has breached EU antitrust laws. Visa Europe imposes multilateral interchange fees (MIFs) that retailers must pay for accepting Visa's payment cards from consumers. The Commission said that such fees have a restrictive effect on competition and business. The …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Department of State (DOS) on Monday released its annual International Religious Freedom Report documenting threats to religious freedom throughout the world. The report documents current international threats to religious freedom—particularly laws that punish religious traditions and blasphemy laws that are often used to punish religious tolerance. The DOS also expressed concern about impunity for …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Cambodia's UN-supported war crimes tribunal, announced Monday that it has appointed a US judge to investigate two new Khmer Rouge cases, strongly opposed by the government, after two other judges resigned in protest. Mark Harmon, a former prosecutor for the US government and also …

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by Brandon Gatto

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a new agreement with the US that tightens the rules for Americans adopting children from the Russian Federation. Specifically, a foreign family can adopt a Russian child only if there is no Russian family found for him or her. The deal also provides for more …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Taiwanese university announced Monday that it has filed a patent suit against Apple in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University holds two different patents related to voice-to-text technology that were issued in 2007 and 2010. The university claims that Apple infringed …

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