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Legal news from Tuesday, June 18, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged Laszlo Csatary, a 98-year-old Hungarian man, with the unlawful execution and torture of people in connection with the Holocaust. Slovakian authorities began the investigation of Csatary in September after he was arrested on allegations of abusing and assisting in the deportation of thousands of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust. The …

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by Theresa Donovan

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday conditionally granted the request of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto to be excused from parts of his upcoming trial. The Trial Chamber, however, will still require Ruto to be present for certain parts of his trial, such as for opening and closing statements …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Senior Libyan Judge Mohammed Naguib was assassinated Sunday by an unidentified gunman outside of the courthouse in Derna. Chairman of the Court of Cassation in Green Mountain province Judge Abdel-Aziz Mustafa al-Trabelsi confirmed that his colleague was killed outright in the drive-by attack. This attack is the latest of an increasing number of threats and …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

UN independent expert Chaloka Beyani commended the government of Georgia Monday for its ongoing commitment to improving the living conditions of internally displaced people (IDPs) but called for the country to develop an integrated approach to address all waves of IDPs. Specifically, Beyani encouraged the government to address equal land, housing and property rights for …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Monday upheld the mandatory retirement provision for judicial officers. The complaint, originally filed by six Pennsylvania judges, alleged that the mandatory retirement provision in the Pennsylvania Constitution was in violation of the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on Monday released summary findings concluding that the use of the death penalty in California and Louisiana violates human rights. The report concludes that the way the death penalty is used in California and Louisiana is arbitrary and discriminatory …

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