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Legal news from Tuesday, September 10, 2013
by Cynthia Miley

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya on Tuesday called on state, federal and tribal authorities in the US to ensure the well being and human rights of "Veronica," the child in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case that reached the US Supreme Court. Anaya …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Syrian government is likely responsible for the August 21 chemical weapon attacks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. HRW stated that the attack probably involved the use of sarin nerve gas, echoing a UN report of the suspected use of sarin in Syria dating back to June. HRW also stated that it was …

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by Theresa Donovan

Kenya Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ruto is on trial for three counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly fomenting violence following the 2007 elections that led to the deaths of at least 1,100 …

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by Theresa Donovan

A leading Sudan opposition figure jailed in 2004 for an alleged coup attempt was released from prison on Sunday. Yousef Mohammed Saleh Lebis is a member of Sudan's Popular Congress Party (PCP), which is led by Hassan al-Turabi. Lebis' release is a result of the promise made by President Omar al-Bashir in April that he …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit suggested Monday during oral arguments that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2011 "Open Internet" rules may be invalidated in whole or in part. Verizon has filed suit twice in three years alleging that the rules, which …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A judge for Indiana's Lake County Superior Court ruled Monday that the state's right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution. The state law bans unions from receiving compensation from non-union employees to pay for bargaining costs and services. Federal law, however, requires unions to bargain on behalf of employees, including non-union members. The International …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Yahoo filed suit in the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on Monday demanding the right to disclose the number of user data requests made by the US government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Last week Yahoo joined Google and Microsoft in publishing a transparency report, which details all …

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