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Legal news from Thursday, September 27, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday urged the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop delegating federal immigration authority to state and local law enforcement agencies, claiming this leads to racial profiling. Specifically, the ACLU contends that the 287(g) program has promoted the racial profiling …

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by Keith Herting

The Arkansas Supreme Court announced Thursday that it would allow a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana on the November ballot. The decision came as part of a lawsuit brought by the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values (CPAV) which fought the inclusion of the measure on the ballot based on the theory …

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by Brandon Gatto

A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled that three Congolese witnesses who testified in an International Criminal Court (ICC) case against militia leader Germain Katanga must be allowed to remain in the Netherlands to seek asylum. The three unnamed witnesses were originally awaiting trial as prisoners in the Democratic Republic of Congo [BBC …

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by Keith Herting

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Thursday for the Guinean government to further its support for the prosecution of crimes originating from a 2009 massacre. On the eve of the three-year anniversary of the massacre, HRW published a statement requesting that additional resources be dedicated to a domestic panel investigating the 2009 massacre of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday heard oral arguments in a challenge to the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes. The case is being heard on appeal after Edith Schlain …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Police in Slovakia announced on Thursday that they have launched an investigation of a 97-year-old Hungarian man suspected of war crimes in connection with the Holocaust. Laszlo Csatary was arrested in Hungary in July on allegations of abusing and helping deport thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The Hungarian man was arrested after the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) [advocacy …

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by Max Slater

An actress who claims she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that sparked protests in the Middle East filed suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday requesting that the film be removed from YouTube. Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who appeared in the film Innocence of …

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by Max Slater

Beijing's Second Intermediate People's Court on Thursday denied an appeal by dissident artist Ai Weiwei challenging a 15 million yuan (USD $2.4 million) fine for back taxes. The Chinese government levied the fine against Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., the company that promotes Ai's work. Ai denounced the court's decision as …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged California authorities to end "shocking conditions" in high-security prison isolation units. In a report entitled "The Edge of Endurance: Conditions in California's Security Housing Units," AI examined the prison conditions of over 3,000 individuals who have been confined in isolation in California prisons. The prisoners, who spend …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the Davidson County Chancery Court in Tennessee on Wednesday ruled that Tennessee's voter identification law does not violate the state's Constitution. Civil rights attorney George Barrett argued before the court that the requirement that residents show proof of ID is unduly burdensome. Barrett sought an injunction …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued an executive order to strengthen the federal government's zero-tolerance policy for contracting with groups and individuals involved in human trafficking. The order requires the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR) to take steps in the next 180 days to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation to strengthen requirements for contractors' …

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