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Legal news from Tuesday, September 25, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) on Tuesday filed suit to obtain records and information regarding the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) by federal law enforcement and agencies. The suit was filed in the US District Court of Massachusetts against the US Departments of Justice …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Monday for the implementation of measures to allow women greater access to justice systems. In his statement to leaders of around 80 nations during the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law, he described women as "champions for justice" who can be of great …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled Monday that Florida does not have to provide 96 hours of early voting for the November elections. Under a 2004 version of the state's early voting statute, the early voting period lasted 12 to 14 days with 96 hours of early …

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by Cynthia Miley

The French Court of Cassation on Tuesday upheld a lower court's 2008 decision finding French oil company Total and several other defendants criminally liable for an oil spill that occurred of the coast of Brittany in 1999. Over 20,000 tons of oil seeped from an oil tanker called Erika, …

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by Sarah Posner

A Rwandan businessman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide during Norway's first genocide trial. Sadi Bugingo is accused of taking a lead role in planning and leading attacks against Tutsi civilians who sought refuge in a church and a hospital. The prosecution alleges that …

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by Sarah Posner

Three armed Islamist groups in northern Mali are abusing the local population and employing child soldiers, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. According to interviews that HRW conducted over the past several weeks, three rebel groups, Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is not liable for damages caused by canal breaches that occurred during Hurricane Katrina. Plaintiffs claimed that the impact-review requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) constituted a legal …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Kuwait's Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld a controversial election law passed in 2006 that divides the country into five voting constituencies. Tensions ran high in the lead up to the release of the court's decision. The court was cordoned off prior to issuance of the ruling after thousands protested the election law in front of the parliament …

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by Julia Zebley

The United Nations held the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law Monday and released the outcome document prepared by the meeting. The meeting was attended by the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, the President of the International Court of Justice, the President of the Security Council, the UN …

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by Julia Zebley

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Monday finalized its April ruling to allow the UK to extradite five terror suspects to the US. Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other suspects appealed that ruling in July, but the ECHR declined to revisit their arguments …

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