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Legal news from Tuesday, March 5, 2013
by Andrew Morgan

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by Jerry Votava

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday highlighted their concern over violence and turmoil in Guinea. The OHCHR discussed reports of injuries and death following demonstrations in the captial of Conakry. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said, "We call on national authorities to ensure the strict …

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by Jerry Votava

A Chilean appeals court on Tuesday ordered the suspension of the Punta Alcalde hydroelectric dam project based on environmental concerns. The project is under the management of Endesa, an energy company based in Spain. The suit was brought by local fishermen who claimed the dam project would have significant adverse environmental …

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by Daniel Mullen

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday condemned the increase in attacks on those with albinism in Tanzania. Pillay's statement comes following four attacks on albinos over a 16-day period, including three children. Pillay called the attacks "abhorrent" and called upon local officials in Tanzania to do more to address the problem …

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by Samuel Franklin

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe vetoed a bill on Monday that would have prohibited abortions 12 or more more weeks into a pregnancy if the fetus' heartbeat could be detected at that point. Known as the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, this bill was the most recent addition to a slew of recent Arkansas …

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by Peter Snyder

Police in the Maldives arrested former president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday for missing a February 10 court appearance for charges that he illegally detained a judge prior to his resignation last year. Nasheed had taken refuge in the Indian High Commission in the Maldives last month to avoid police detainment, but …

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by Dan Taglioli

A special court in Afghanistan on Tuesday sentenced 20 men to four to five years in prison for their involvement in the USD $935 million fraud that led to the 2010 collapse of Kabul Bank. Founder and former chairman Sherkhan Farnood and former chief executive officer Khalilullah Ferozi were each given five-year sentences and ordered to pay …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed a preliminary injunction barring the enforcement of an Arizona immigration law that prohibits motorists from stopping traffic to pick up workers. The injunction applies to two provisions of Arizona's SB 1070, which make it unlawful for a motor vehicle …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in Levin v. United States that the intentional tort exception in the Gonzales Act [10 USC § 1089 text] does not immunize individual government medical personnel against battery suits. Thus, instead of suing the entire government under the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA), …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in one new case on Monday. In Walden v. Fiore [cert. petition, PDF; docket] the court will consider two questions of venue and jurisdiction. First, the court will look at whether a court can exercise personal jurisdiction for a defendant to facilitate Due Process [Cornell …

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