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Legal news from Thursday, April 18, 2013
by Keith Herting

The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Wednesday rejected a request by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to have access to court documents from the case against Bradley Manning. CCR had filed a lawsuit seeking extraordinary relief by opening "public and press access to …

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by Sydney Normil

Senegalese prosecutors have charged Karim Wade, the son of Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade, with corruption for allegedly embezzling USD $1.4 billion during his father's years in office. The corruption claim centers on Wade's acquisition of real estate and foreign companies, including Dubai Port World, during his father's 12-year term as president. Wade, 44, simultaneously …

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by Daniel Mullen

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). Since the Seleka coalition forces launched their offensive in December, there have been numerous reports of human rights violations, including targeted killings, arbitrary arrests …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the international community must do more to prevent atrocities, during a ceremony Monday commemorating the nineteenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Ban urged member states to precipitate the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the Rwanda genocide. The Secretary-General commended Rwanda for its progress towards …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Pakistani judge on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf on charges of detaining judges during his time in office. With the arrest warrant, Judge Shaukat Siddiqui also canceled the bail that was granted to Musharraf last Friday. Despite the arrest order, Musharraf escaped the court …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

EU Commissioner of Justice Viviane Reding spoke out on Wednesday against Hungary's failure to reinstate judges and prosecutors who had been forced into early retirement. Last November the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down a Hungarian law that lowered the age of retirement for judges and prosecutors. In recent months, Hungary has …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Iraqi Justice Ministry executed 21 individuals on Tuesday who were convicted of terrorism. The men were convicted under Article 4,of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which includes the use of improvised explosive devices, assassinations of doctors and kidnapping women, and sentenced to death. Iraq has been widely criticized for the use of the death penalty, but has continued …

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by Blake Lynch

The UN Independent Expert on human rights in Somalia on Wednesday urged the Somali government to continue efforts to strengthen the country's justice system in the wake of Sunday's attacks on the Supreme Court complex. The attacks by al Shabaab rebels killed more than 30 people, including judges, lawyers and court personnel. UN …

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by Addison Morris

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday considered California's ban on psychotherapy practices intended to convert gay teenagers into straight teenagers. The three-judge panel heard arguments on whether the First Amendment right to free speech extends to the controversial psychotherapy practice, or whether …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Salinas v. Texas the court considered the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being involved in a murder. He consented to a search of his home, …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Missouri v. McNeely that the Fourth Amendment may require a warrant for a blood test in a drunk-driving investigation. The divided court ultimately held that "in drunk-driving investigations, the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream does not constitute an exigency in …

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by Blake Lynch

Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas Tuesday challenging the Human Heartbeat Protection Act. The Human Heartbeat Protection Act is an Arkansas law banning most abortions at the twelfth week of pregnancy, if a heartbeat is detected. The American Civil Liberties …

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