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Legal news from Tuesday, February 26, 2013
by Daniel Mullen

Attorneys for Edith Windsor, the respondent in US v. Windsor, filed a brief with the US Supreme Court on Tuesday arguing that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Windsor, the surviving spouse of a same-sex couple, initiated the legal challenge to DOMA after she was denied …

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by Daniel Mullen

Judge Gerard van Ham of The Hague District Court on Tuesday rejected a request to block the extradition of suspected al Qaeda terrorist Sabir Khan to the US. Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten gave final approval for Khan's extradition in December after the Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled …

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by Peter Snyder

The Ivory Coast national army is committing human rights violations against supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. According to AI, the national army, formed by President Alassane Ouattara in response to election violence in 2010, as well as …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Constitutional Court of Hungary on Tuesday struck down a law that outlines how churches are given official designation, finding that it was too political. Under the law, only Parliament could give churches official status. The law did not contain an appeals process, and there was no …

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by Dan Taglioli

A group of UN independent experts on Monday urged the government of Honduras to increase its oversight of the 706 registered and numerous unregistered private security companies operating in the country. The Working Group on the use of mercenaries, recently returned from a five-day mission to Honduras, commended certain progress in establishing national police laws …

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by Samuel Franklin

Sri Lankan authorities are using rape as a technique to extract confessions from suspected members or supporters of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The LTTE opposed the Sri Lankan government during the country's 26-year, but HRW noted that "since the government's defeat of the …

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by Matthew Pomy

Judge Consuelo Marshall of the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday allowed a US Army veteran's challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to move forward. Marshall refused to dismiss the lawsuit despite the Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the case to …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two new cases on Monday. In Burt v. Titlow [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider several issues surrounding ineffective counsel under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA). In the case, Vonlee Titlow was advised to reject a plea deal after …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. First, the court heard McQuiggin v. Perkins and considered if "actual innocence" is an exception to not pursuing a timely habeas claim under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA). The attorney for Greg …

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