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Legal news from Thursday, November 29, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Two well-site supervisors and one former executive of British Petroleum (BP) pleaded not guilty in US federal court on Tuesday to criminal charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The two supervisors, Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, are each charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of …

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by Daniel Mullen

US Senator Dianne Feinstein released a report by the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday which asserts that US prisons could safely absorb the 166 detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay military prison in the event the facility is closed and the detainees are brought to the US. The report identifies six Department …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled Wednesday that the ritual slaughter of animals violates the Polish Constitution. The court's ruling will bar strictly-followed slaughtering practices by Muslim and Jewish citizens where the animal is not stunned first. The decision conflicts with a 2009 EU law, scheduled to go into effect this January, that regulates slaughtering procedures but …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday acquitted former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commanders Ramush Haradinaj [JURIST op-ed], Idriz Balaj, and Laji Brahimaj of all charges. Haradinaj was a commander of the KLA in the Dukagjin area of Western Kosovo; Balaj, a commander of a special operations …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday stayed a lower court ruling that would have forced Argentina to pay $1.3 billion to one of its creditors, the investment fund NML Capital Ltd.. The Second Circuit blocked a decision by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official …

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by Max Slater

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced in absentia seven Coptic Christians and an American preacher to death on charges stemming from an anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims, which sparked violent protests in the Middle East earlier this year. The death sentences are primarily symbolic, as all of the defendants live outside of Egypt and are thus not …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing concern for continuing human rights violations in Iran. The committee specifically mentioned that Iran is using torture, inhumane treatment of prisoners, public executions, executions of minors, hanging as an execution method, targeting of human rights defenders, and discrimination and violence against …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Henderson v. United States on appellate review for plain error. The question before the court was whether, under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 52(b), an appellate court reviewing a trial court decision for "plain error," when a matter of law …

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