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Legal news from Tuesday, September 11, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The Supreme Court of Appeals for West Virginia on Friday struck down a new West Virginia law [WV Code §3-12-11(e) text] that provides public financing for candidates in state Supreme Court elections. The case was brought directly to the court by a writ of mandamus by Allen Loughry, a Republican candidate seeking to use the funds …

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by Jerry Votava

An attorney for former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld announced on Tuesday that the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) awarded Birkenfeld $104 million for information leading to an agreement between UBS and the IRS for $740 million in fines and penalties for its role in helping US clients shelter assets from US tax liability. This is …

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by Sung Un Kim

The M23 movement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been responsible for numerous war crimes including summary executions, rapes and forced recruitment, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. HRW based its findings on interviews with 190 victims, family members, witnesses and others during the time period between …

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by Sung Un Kim

Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq was referred for trial Tuesday on corruption charges, according to the country's authorities. Egypt's last prime minister under the 30-year regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, Shafiq stands accused of misusing public funds while in office as minister of civil aviation. The charges against him derived …

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by Sarah Posner

Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif died over the weekend at a hospital on the US Navy base after guards found him unconscious in his cell Saturday. Latif's identification was originally being withheld until the US military could notify his family and his home country's government. The guards who …

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by Sarah Posner

President-elect of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto announced Monday that he is proposing constitutional reforms that will increase government transparency. The proposed reforms will mark the first legislation that Mexico's new president has announced since winning the election. The Institutional Revolutionary Party, Pena Nieto's party, will now return to power …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Alabama state officials petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday to reconsider a ruling partially striking down the state's immigration law. In August a three-judge upheld several provisions, including one allowing police officers to check the immigration status of persons suspected of a …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The US Court of Appeals for the Circuit on Monday upheld an Illinois state law that requires all organizations to disclose their funding sources, including groups that do not focus on elections. In a 2-1 ruling, the Seventh Circuit rejected arguments by the Center for Individual Freedom (CIF) that the law …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the Superior Court of Quebec ruled Monday that the Canadian federal government cannot end the Quebec long-gun registry. The decision invalidated two parts of the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act and ordered the federal government to release any records on Quebec gun owners to the Quebec government to supplement …

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by Julia Zebley

The US handed control of the Parwan prison at Bagram Air Base over to Afghanistan officials Monday, although the US retains control of 600 prisoners. These prisoners include Afghani detainees that the US fears will not be handled appropriately, as well as 50 Pakistani detainees. Approximately 3182 prisoners were formally put in …

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