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Legal news from Thursday, June 27, 2013
by G. Redd

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed a regional agreement announced Wednesday to deter piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government closed with the adoption of the International Maritime Organization Code of Conduct concerning the Prevention and Repression of Piracy, …

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by Theresa Donovan

Convicted terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as 'Carlos the Jackal', on Wednesday lost an appeal of his conviction for taking part in four bombings in France in 1982 and 1983, including two bombings that took place in Marseilles on New Year's Eve in 1983. A total of 11 people were killed in the bombings, and approximately …

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by Theresa Donovan

California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday issued a statement directing the California Department of Public Health (DPH) to instruct the state's counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who are seeking them. The licenses, however, will not be issued until the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit confirms that the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court issued its final orders of the term Thursday, granting certiorari in two cases, and sending several controversial cases back to lower courts for reconsideration. In White v. Woodall [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider jury instructions in a death penalty case. Robert Keith Woodall pleaded guilty to murder …

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by Benjamin Minegar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged member states to intensify measures against torture in commemoration of the UN's 15th annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (IDSVT). Ban also encouraged member states to recognize the 25th anniversary of the UN Committee Against Torture, which he characterized as "vital" to …

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by Peter Snyder

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Wednesday condemned the Nigerian government for the alleged execution of four men in the State of Edo. Heyns voiced his concern "that capital punishment appears to have been imposed without due process safeguards in violation of the International Covenant on …

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by Theresa Donovan

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday began public hearings in the ongoing legal dispute between Australia and Japan over Japanese whaling near Antarctica. Australia argued at Wednesday's hearing that Japan is in violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling by continuing to hunt whales as scientific research in spite …

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