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Legal news from Monday, August 27, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The Parliament of Romania on Monday recognized the return to office of suspended President Traian Basescu after accepting a recent Constitutional Court decision that invalidated a national referendum to remove the leader. Parliament's acceptance of the ruling comes only after the Social Liberal Union, the country's leftist party that …

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by Brandon Gatto

The lawyer for three members of the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot on Monday appealed the two-year sentences imposed on the women last week. Defense lawyer Nikolai Polozov conceded that the decision of the Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow has little chance of being reversed due to the Russian government's interest in the case, but he …

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by Dan Taglioli

Opponents of Proposition 8, California's statewide ban on same-sex marriage urged the US Supreme Court on Friday not to grant the petition for a writ of certiorari submitted by Proposition 8 supporters. The petition was filed last month after a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Friday tentatively approved a settlement agreement between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Seattle relating to a DOJ investigation of the Seattle Police Department (SPD). Judge James Robart gave provisional approval for the agreement, …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday granted Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf three additional weeks to urge Switzerland to reopen an old corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari. Ashraf appeared in court on Monday to explain why the court should not charge him with contempt for failure to initiate the corruption …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced two local UN staff members to imprisonment for their alleged involvement in sectarian violence that gripped the western Rakhine state this past spring. One of the staff members worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the other worked for the World Food Program. An employee working for …

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