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Legal news from Thursday, November 1, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) on Thursday sentenced former Iraqi vice president Tariq al-Hashemi to death for the second time after he was convicted for his involvement in a plot to assassinate an interior ministry official. In particular, the Sunni ex-leader and his brother-in-law were sentenced to hang for a …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday told the US Supreme Court that it does not object to reopening a Christian university's challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While Liberty University, located in …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A spokesperson for the government of Sri Lanka on Thursday announced that the government had begun the process of impeaching the country's chief justice. The specific charges were not revealed, but spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, confirmed that the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was approved by more than 75 members of parliament. Tension continues to grow between …

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by Max Slater

The independence of Sri Lanka's judiciary is under attack by the nation's government, according to a report released Thursday by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), a human rights group composed of lawyers and judges from around the world. In the report, "Authority without accountability: The crisis of impunity in Sri Lanka," the …

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by Max Slater

Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, approved a bill on Wednesday that would increase the penalties for illegal use of state secrets. The bill, which was approved by Russia's lower house last week raises the fine for illegally using state secrets from $6000 to $16000, imposes prison terms of up to …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases concerning whether the use of drug sniffing dogs violates the Fourth Amendment rights of defendants. The question in the first case, Florida v. Jardines, was whether police bringing a dog onto the front porch of a …

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