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Legal news from Thursday, March 21, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A court in Zimbabwe on Wednesday refused to grant bail to a prominent human rights lawyer who is charged with obstruction of justice. The court denied bail to Beatrice Mtetwa after prosecutors argued that she may be a flight risk because she is a citizen of Swaziland. Mtetwa is accused of interfering with a police …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate ongoing human rights violations in North Korea. The resolution was unanimously passed during the 22nd Regular Session of the council. The council voted to establish the commission of inquiry in response to a report [text, PDF; …

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by Keith Herting

The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for one of the plotters of the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings that killed 257 people. Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, brother of mastermind "Tiger" Memon, was convicted in 2006 for his role in orchestrating the attacks that spread havoc throughout the city …

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by Brandon Gatto

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday passed a resolution [A/HRC/22, text] to promote reconciliation and accountability in war-torn Sri Lanka, a nation facing various allegations of human rights violations. Calling for an "independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law," the resolution encourages …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Kenya on Wednesday ordered the parties involved in the March 4 election dispute to restrain from making public statements with regard to the case. The court also warned civic groups and journalists that they could face punishment for biased statements that could undermine the court's authority. According to the court, journalists …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture on whether a party can raise the Fifth Amendment takings clause as a defense when charged by the government to transfer funds, rather than raising the claim after already complying with the government's mandate. In this case, a …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court ruled 6–3 Tuesday in Wos v. EMA, formerly Delia v. EMA, that the NC Gen. Stat. § 108A-57, which takes a third of medical malpractice settlements for Medicaid reimbursement, is preempted by the Medicaid Act's anti-lien provision, 42 USC §§ 1396a(a)(25), 1396k(a). The court affirmed the lower court …

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by Matthew Pomy

A group of legal experts testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday regarding the growing need for new privacy laws because of the rapid advancement of drone technologies and their increased use. The escalation in use and technology have outpaced current privacy laws, according to these experts. The Federal Aviation Administration has …

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by Addison Morris

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Monday dismissed a challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 2006 (AETA). The challenge was brought by five animal rights activists, all represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, who claimed that AETA infringed their …

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by Addison Morris

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Libyan government Wednesday to take steps to secure the human rights of residents of Tawergha, who have been targeted for revenge because of their believed support of Muammar Gaddafi during the 2011 Libya Conflict. The human rights advocates further urged the UN …

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by Jerry Votava

The US Supreme Court ruled 8-0 Wednesday in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NDEC) that 33 USC § 1369 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is not a jurisdictional bar to suits seeking to invalidate certain agency decisions, and an amendment to regulations made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

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