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Legal news from Thursday, August 30, 2012
by Keith Herting

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged Gambian authorities Thursday to enact an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty. The statement is a response to the execution of nine prisoners on Sunday following a 27-year moratorium on the practice. In addition to those executions, …

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by Brandon Gatto

A three-judge panel in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday unanimously rejected a Texas law requiring voters to present photo identification to election officials before casting their ballots. The judges concluded that the law is "the most stringent in the country," and …

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by Keith Herting

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction blocking same-gender classes at a West Virginia middle school. The order follows a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of a mother of three daughters studying at Van …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Department of Defense announced Wednesday that the Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions has filed terrorism charges against a Saudi Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of plotting with al Qaeda to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. The detainee, Ahmed al Darbi, has been accused of six offenses under the Military …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Maldives commission of inquiry concluded Thursday that former president Mohamed Nasheed's resignation and the transfer of power to current President Mohammed Waheed Hassan were legal. In its report, the Commission of National Inquiry (CONI) rejected claims by Nasheed that he was forced to resign at gunpoint, finding that he resigned of his …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed concern about Iran's human rights conditions and nuclear program during a visit to Tehran. In several comments since his arrival, Ban stressed the importance of international cooperation and improving the welfare the Iranian people. In a news conference shortly after his arrival in Iran, Ban highlighted the importance …

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by Max Slater

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Tuesday blocked Florida from implementing a portion of its controversial voting law that shortens the deadlines for groups conducting voter registration drives to submit registration forms to the state. The Florida law imposes a $1000 per day fine …

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by Max Slater

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving shooter in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Kasab, a Pakistani national, was convicted in May 2010 of waging war against India, multiple murders and conspiracy …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Supreme Court of Chile on Wednesday rejected a plan to build a thermoelectric power plant in the Atacama region of the country, citing concern about potential pollution. The high court rejected the plan, overturning the environmental license of the Central Castilla thermal power plant, a joint venture between Brazilian company MPX Energia …

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by Jennie Ryan

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma on Monday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the US Border Patrol alleging that agents are routinely stopping vehicles to check the immigration status of Latinos without legal justification. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington …

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