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Legal news from Thursday, August 29, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

The Supreme Court of Ghana on Thursday upheld the disputed election of President John Mahama last year. Mahama won the election with 50.7 of the vote, getting 300,000 more votes than the opposition. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), had challenged the narrow victory, claiming that it should be …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday announced the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay detainees to their home country of Algeria. The two men, Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab, are the first to be released from the detention center in over a year and are reported to …

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by Samuel Franklin

The UK government on Thursday provided justification for a possible strike on Syria, in the face of public backlash. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke in front of British Parliament, giving validation on humanitarian grounds in addition to the need to prevent the use of chemical weapons. Cameron also emphasized that no decision has been made …

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by Samuel Franklin

Danish judge Frederik Harhoff was removed from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday over claims of bias in a letter he wrote criticizing the court. Harhoff was a member of the three-judge panel responsible for overseeing the trial of Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj, …

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by Lauren Laing

The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that a law providing reduced penalties for rebels who confess crimes related to their membership in illegal armed groups is constitutional. The bill, known as the "Legal Framework for Peace," was challenged by rights activists who claimed that by granting judicial pardons to rebels, it …

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by Lauren Laing

More than 60 people associated with the Muslim Brotherhood have been detained by Egyptian security forces on charges of political violence, officials said Wednesday. The arrests occurred as Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi on Tuesday reversed his position on the Islamist group by announcing that the government should not …

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by Sung Un Kim

A class of plaintiffs consisting of around 1,200 African-American financial advisers have reached a $160 million settlement with Merrill Lynch in a racial discrimination lawsuit, according to a plaintiffs' attorney on Wednesday. The settlement has to be approved by the Judge Robert Gettleman for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official …

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by Sung Un Kim

Saudi Arabia's cabinet on Monday passed a new law that would criminalize different forms of abuse at home and in workplace. Offenders may be imprisoned for a term ranging from one month to a year or fines between 5,000 and 50,000 Saudi riyals (USD $1,300 to $13,333). For repeat offenders, penalties may be doubled. The new …

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by G. Redd

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri said Wednesday that respecting human rights is essential to achieve stabilization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). During her recent trip, Pansieri witnessed first-hand the siege of the city Goma, including widespread rape by military and civilian offenders with impunity. …

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by G. Redd

The New Jersey Superior Court ruled Tuesday that knowingly sending a text message to someone who is behind the wheel creates liability for any causes of action that result from a potential collision. Previously, liability was only assigned to the driver that was texting. Defendant Shannon Colonna was sued for texting a driver who collided …

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