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Legal news from Thursday, January 10, 2013
by Jerry Votava

A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that Russia will delay the enforcement of the ban of the adoption of Russian children by US citizens until January 2014. As a result, Russia will continue to honor the validity of the "existing bilateral adoption agreement between Russia …

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by Daniel Mullen

The International Criminal Court (ICC) asked Libyan officials Thursday to address reports that they plan to try Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, and Abdullah al-Senussi, the former intelligence chief for Gaddafi. Libya has refused to hand the two …

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by Keith Herting

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments Thursday on whether to release photos of the body of former al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. The judges appeared unswayed by arguments made by conservative government watchdog group Judicial …

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by Sung Un Kim

Zimbabwe must still reform its current legislative and electoral environment before this year's elections, according to a report published Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). In the report, HRW stated that the unity government, established in 2009 after the 2008 elections resulted in violence, failed to take the necessary steps to ensure a "credible, free …

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by Brandon Gatto

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) on Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of a tuition tax-credit program designed to divert taxpayer money to private religious schools across the state. According to the ACLU, the Education Tax Credit Bill, which was passed last …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday asked the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to reverse the terrorism conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul, the media secretary of Osama bin Laden, because the court is bound by its decision last October to dismiss …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that lawyers for a detainee at Guantanamo Bay may not review top secret documentation. Wali Mohammed Morafa, who has been detained for financially aiding the operations of terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda, requested for some top …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Wednesday upheld a Massachusetts law that established "buffer zones" for abortion clinics. The buffer zone creates a protected area outside of the abortion clinic where people are not allowed to protest. This is meant to ensure potential patients safe passage into the facilities. …

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by Matthew Pomy

Chief prosecutor in the Guantanamo tribunal, Brigadier General Mark Martins, on Wednesday recommended that the Pentagon drop the conspiracy charge against those suspected of plotting the September 11 attacks, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Martins hopes to drop the charges in order to streamline the prosecution and ensure it is not delayed by an …

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by Addison Morris

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a Michigan Civil Service Commission (MCSC) policy granting health care benefits to same-sex domestic partners of state employees. Attorney General Bill Schuette argued against the policy, claiming that, by extending the policy to provide health benefits for those who have "jointly shared the same regular …

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