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Legal news from Wednesday, September 18, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

A US magistrate judge on Monday certified the extradition of former Bosnian prison guard Almaz Nezirovic to his native country to face war-crimes charges. Judge Robert Ballou, presiding over the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia, found sufficient evidence in support of the allegations again Nezirovic, only needing final approval …

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by Samuel Franklin

Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed concern on Wednesday over recent changes to the Hungarian constitution, highlighting a lack of resolve over issues surrounding weakened human rights protections in the country. After voting to adopt the amendments on Monday, HRW called the changes "largely cosmetic," accusing the Hungarian government of not taking human rights and rule …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday ruled that New Jersey's sports wagering law conflicts with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) and thus, should not be implemented. PASPA makes sports betting illegal nationwide except in Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana. In the 2-1 holding, the …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and the Texas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Tuesday filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging Texas' voter ID law as unconstitutionally discriminatory. The law, they claim violates Section …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the Pierce County Superior Court in Washington state ruled Tuesday that local enforcement officers cannot extend detention of individuals to question them about their immigration status. Judge Kathryn Nelson reasoned that local law enforcement officers do not have the authority to enforce federal immigration laws even if they have probable cause to …

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by Matthew Pomy

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) said Tuesday that the ongoing Syrian Civil War has victimized those with disabilities. The committee, which is made up of independent human rights experts, noted that Syria is a party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is …

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by Max Slater

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) released a previously classified opinion on Tuesday explaining why a National Security Agency (NSA) program to keep records of Americans' phone calls is constitutional. The opinion, written by US district court judge Claire Eagan, said that security leaks regarding the NSA surveillance programs …

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by Max Slater

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the tribunal covering the Khmer Rouge trials said Wednesday that it has obtained a loan to pay the overdue salaries of its workers. The USD $1.15 million loan from UN donors will cover unpaid salaries for 140 workers who have been …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the head of the Rights and Freedoms Working Group for Yemen's National Dialogue to incorporate protections for women in the country's new constitution. Yemen's National Dialogue conference was created to bring Yemeni society together to decide the country's future. In a letter addressed to Chairperson Arwa …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday found that voting restrictions for convicted persons in Turkey are too harsh and in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. Soyler, a Turkish national who was sentenced to five years for drawing checks without having sufficient funds, brought the suit after he was …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Gehad al-Haddad on suspicion of incitement of violence. Al-Haddad has been the primary spokesperson for the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and has become the most recognizable face of the movement in international media. He is the …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) on Tuesday acquitted Fatmir Limaj, a close ally of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, of war crimes charges. Limaj was accused of killing and torturing Serbian prisoners at a Kosovo Liberation Army-run detention camp. The case was marked by the suicide …

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