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Legal news from Monday, August 6, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

The UK High Court ruled Monday that two government back-to-work schemes do not constitute slave labor, rejecting plaintiffs' arguments that the programs breach human rights laws on slavery. The court's ruling upholds the Jobseeker's Allowance (Employment, Skills and Enterprise Scheme) Regulations 2011 underlying the Work Academy Scheme and the Community Action Programme, both established by the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Three members of a Russian feminist activist group who are facing trial for their performance of a protest song in a Russian Orthodox church asked the judge in their case on Monday to recuse herself, saying her decisions were politically motivated. Judge Marina Syrova declined to hear the defense motion for her recusal and moved forward with …

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by Dan Taglioli

UK top judge Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Igor Judge on Friday released his three-year report detailing how recent reforms to the judicial system have placed an increased burden on the judiciary that will create problems with employing and keeping the best people. "The Lord Chief Justice's Report 2010-12" covers the period …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Supreme Court of Nebraska on Friday struck down a state campaign finance law that contributes state money to certain political candidates in order to lessen financial disparity among candidates. Under the law, candidates for certain public offices could voluntarily accept additional oversight in exchange for public financing [Neb Rev Stat § 1604], the levels …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court's denial of motion submitted by former Illinois governor George Ryan seeking his release from prison. Ryan argued that he was convicted under pre-Skilling v. United States jury instructions and thus he should …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Monday upheld a law that requires young drivers to display decals on their license plates in order to enforce driving restrictions. The restrictions are part of New Jersey's graduated driver's license system (GDLS), which temporarily limits the driving privileges of young, first-time drivers. The Supreme Court …

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by Sung Un Kim

A study that was released on Monday revealed that US state legislatures have passed fewer laws related to immigrants and refugees than last year. The National Conference of State Legislatures documented that 41 states passed 114 bills and adopted 92 resolution concerning the area in the first six months of this year, 20 …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Turkish state prosecutor on Monday urged the court to move to a verdict in the case of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup against the government in 2003. The prosecution has demanded 15 to 20 years of imprisonment for the 364 officers, currently in office or already retired. Prosecutor Huseyin Kaplan said …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge in Spain on Sunday charged two Russian nationals with possession of explosives and membership in a terrorist organization, after they were arrested last week on suspicion of plotting an attack. Spanish authorities reportedly suspect that the two are members of al Qaeda. They were arrested in Spain last week along with a …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Domestic Workers Convention (DWC) was ratified by the Philippines on Monday, giving the international treaty its second ratification and paving the way for the convention to enter full force of law. The International Labor Organization (ILO) created the DWC to set the first global standards for domestic workers worldwide to ensure they receive the same …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A tribunal of judges in Kenya on Monday recommended the dismissal of the country's Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza, who has been accused of threatening a security guard with a gun. Baraza was suspended by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki last January while the tribunal investigated the allegations. A female security guard accused …

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by Sung Un Kim

The government of Pakistan announced Monday that it will petition the Supreme Court of Pakistan to review its decision nullifying the Contempt of Court Bill 2012 which was passed to shield the country's new prime minister from contempt charges. Rather than taking the route of reinstating the law through the legislature or the executive, the Pakistan Peoples' …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Tunisian lawmakers to revise a draft law that would limit judicial independence in the country. According to HRW, the new bill sets up a temporary council for judicial supervision that has the authority to appoint, promote and dismiss judges. The rights group expressed concern that, while the new …

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