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Legal news from Thursday, January 17, 2013
by Jerry Votava

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against federal law enforcement officials by men who claim they were illegally detained after 9/11. The suit is Turkmen v. Ashcroft. The court dismissed the suit against former Department of Justice [official …

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by Daniel Mullen

Army Colonel Denise Lind, who is presiding over the prosecution of Bradley Manning, ruled on Wednesday that prosecutors must prove that Manning was aware that he was providing information to an enemy of the US when he leaked confidential documents to the website WikiLeaks. Manning has been charged [JURIST …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared in court in Zintan, Libya, on Thursday. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is accused of transferring information related to Libya's national security to an International Criminal Court (ICC) delegation. He is also accused of insulting Libya's new …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that members of the media do not have the right to report from, or take photos or video within, Pennsylvania polling places. While PG Publishing Company (PG), the appellant in the case, argued that a portion of the Pennsylvania Election Code …

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by Keith Herting

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on Tuesday asked [cert. petition] the US Supreme Court to overturn a recent decision striking down provisions of Alabama's controversial immigration law. Alabama is appealing a decision issued last August by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit which struck down …

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by Sung Un Kim

Pakistan's top anti-corruption official on Thursday refused to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for corruption charges pursuant to a court order. Chief of the National Accountability Bureau, Fasih Bokhari, argued that there was insufficient evidence against Ashraf to arrest him for allegations of accepting bribes for approving power generation projects during his tenure as …

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by Matthew Pomy

Human rights group Freedom House released a report on Wednesday detailing the state of democracy in the world. The report tracks improvements and declines in the levels of democracy in governments. While Freedom House reports that 26 countries experienced overall declines in freedom while only 16 experienced gains, the report details trends in certain regions …

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by Addison Morris

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre will stand trial next month for alleged crimes against humanity, Senegal's Justice Minister Aminata Toure confirmed Tuesday. Senegal's national assembly adopted a law in December allowing Senegal to create a special tribunal with the African Union (AU), which has already been offered financial support by Belgium. The trial …

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by Addison Morris

US President Barack Obama signed 23 executive actions Wednesday and called on Congress to pass stricter gun-control laws. Most of the executive actions are intended to strengthen existing gun laws during what the president called an "epidemic of violence," while the other orders address issues of mental health and school safety. Obama urged Congress to act …

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