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Legal news from Wednesday, November 21, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

Bahrain has failed to meet its obligations and promises to ensure respect for human rights and prevent further torture within the country, Amnesty International (AI) stated in a 39-page briefing released on Wednesday. Contrary to the government's commitment to implementing the recommendations set forth in the report by the Bahrain Independent …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday granted a motion by several Airlines for summary judgment in a negligence claim stemming form the 9/11 terrorist attack negligence claim. Lessee of 7 World Trade Center (Tower 7), which collapsed from the flaming debris resulting out …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Tuesday ruled that a former Somali military colonel was responsible for the torture of a human rights advocate in the 1980s. Colonel Abdi Aden Magan did not present any evidence to dispute allegations that he directed subordinates to carry out human …

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by Dan Taglioli

The only surviving shooter in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks was executed at a prison in India Wednesday hours after President Shri Pranab Mukherjee finally rejected the gunman's clemency appeal. Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was hanged and buried in the prison yard in the …

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by Addison Morris

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the Afghan government to institute a moratorium on further executions after eight men were hanged, marking an end of Afghanistan's four-year virtual moratorium on the death penalty. Human rights advocacy groups, such as HRW, see this mass execution as a step backward for the country's weak legal system …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court granted two cases on Tuesday. In Horne v. Department of Agriculture [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will hear its second case of the term on the Fifth Amendment takings clause. The court will consider whether a party can raise the takings clause as a defense when charged by …

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by Jerry Votava

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday issued a report that describes the threat from and advocates for the ban of fully autonomous weapon systems. These weapons systems are essentially robots that would be able to operate without human direction or interaction, and while they have yet to be used in a combat zone, …

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