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Legal news from Friday, July 19, 2013
by G. Redd

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday rejected Libya's request to suspend the order to hand over Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Muammar Gaddafi. It also ruled that its forum is more appropriate than the Libyan forum because of the accused's stated preference, genuine fear of bias, and …

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by G. Redd

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill number 2 on Thursday, enacting three new restrictions on the practice of abortion. These changes require physicians performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and the facility to meet ambulatory surgical center requirements, and reduces the allowable gestational period from 24 to 20 …

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by G. Redd

More than 1,000 victims of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre filed for civil party status on Thursday, asking the Extraordinary African Chambers of Senegal to offcially recognize them as parties with an interest in the matter. Led by Jacqueline Moudeina, a human rights litigator, nearly 300 applicants claim to be direct victims …

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by G. Redd

Bangladeshi prosecutors announced Thursday that they are charging the assistant secretary-general of the largest Islamist political party with six war crimes in the 1971 war of liberation. ATM Azharul Islam was required to report to the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) to answer charges of murder, genocide, abduction, torture, rape, looting and arson. Azharul was a member of the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday that US President Barack Obama's recess appointments of three National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members was unconstitutional. The court concluded that the president's three January 4, 2012, appointments to the Board are constitutionally infirm because the appointments were not made during …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reform the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). Speaking in San Juan, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the details of the agreement, which include creating a new task force, supported by …

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