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Legal news from Tuesday, October 23, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday vacated a stay of execution for convicted mass murderer John Errol Ferguson. The stay was issued last week by US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, but the appeals court found the stay to be an abuse of …

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by Jerry Votava

Guantanamo Bay detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri on Tuesday boycotted his pretrial hearing at the facility. Al-Nashiri is accused of bombing the USS Cole while it was in port in Yemen in October 2000. Al-Nashiri objected to the use of belly chains while he was brought from his cell to …

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by Cynthia Miley

United Nations (UN) independent human rights experts on Monday urged Colombian authorities to reconsider proposed constitutional reforms affecting the military criminal law. Eleven experts, comprising the Special Procedures mandate-holders of the Human Rights Council of the UN, wrote an open letter to the government of Colombia expressing their concern that the proposed …

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by Sung Un Kim

Egyptian Prosecutor-General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations of forgery during the recent presidential elections. The order came after former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq alleged that ballots were forged and votes were bought by current president Mohammed Morsi. Shafiq added that previous investigations into the allegations were …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday urged all parties in Guinea-Bissau to resolve their differences peacefully. The call came amid a recent attack on the country's army base outside of the capital Bissau in which at least six people were killed. Rebel forces attacked the military base …

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by Sarah Posner

The Dane County Circuit Court on Monday denied Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen's request to delay invalidating certain provisions of a controversial law limiting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. The Budget Repair Bill forces most state workers to pay more in health insurance and other benefits …

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by Sarah Posner

Iran hanged ten men on Monday despite requests from the United Nations (UN) and Amnesty International (AI) to stay the executions. According to the Iranian judiciary those who were killed were members of two drug smuggling gangs. One of the men, Saeed Sedeghi, was a shop worker who was convicted on …

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by Julia Zebley

A Bahrain appeals court upheld verdicts against two teachers on Sunday for organizing a teachers' strike early last year to support anti-government protests. At their first hearing in front of a military tribunal, the pair were convicted of using their positions as vice-president and president of the Bahrain Teachers' Association (BTA) to attempt to overthrow the …

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by Julia Zebley

The UK Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday are scheduled to hear the lawsuit of a Pakistani citizen who sued the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in order to discover the extent and lawfulness of UK government aid to US unmanned drone strikes in Pakistan. Noor Khan, represented by Reprieve [advocacy website; …

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