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Legal news from Wednesday, October 17, 2012
by Jerry Votava

Ugandan officials have denied allegations contained in an unreleased UN Security Council report that Uganda has assisted rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ugandan foreign affairs minister Okello Oryem vehemently denied the allegations that his government has sent troops and supplies to support the the 23 March …

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by Sung Un Kim

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday argued that justice suffers from the weak relationship between the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the inconsistency of referrals. HRW urged the Security Council to address the issue in the open debate "Peace and Justice with a Special Focus on the Role …

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by G. Redd

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that it will keep Montana's campaign contribution limits in place for the duration of the election season, extending a stay on a lower court decision. The appeals court ruled that changing the finance rules less than one month before election day and …

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by Kyle Webster

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that both violent crime and property crime rates increased from 2010 to 2011. This is the first time the DOJ has reported an increase in crime rates since 1993. Overall violent crime, which the DOJ defines as rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated and …

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by Keith Herting

Scores of Muammar Gaddafi loyalists, and perhaps Gaddafi himself, were "summarily executed" when rebels sacked the ruler's final stronghold last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. According to HRW, when a team of researchers with the group arrived in Sirte following the battle they found "the decomposing remains …

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by Keith Herting

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a municipality's ban on funeral protests. The court ruled that a ban on funeral protests in Manchester, Missouri, was a legitimate restriction on the First Amendment, calling it a "legitimate time, place, and manner regulation" and saying it gave protesters ample opportunities to …

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by Julia Zebley

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic began his defense Tuesday in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) by denying all charges against him. Karadzic opened by describing himself as, a "medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, group analyst and writer." He then testified that not only had …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a stay application in Husted v. Obama for America, allowing early voting for all Ohio citizens in the three days preceding the November election. The court declined the stay without comment or dissent. After the order, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted issued …

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