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Legal news from Wednesday, October 9, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In United States v. Woods the court heard arguments on whether 26 USC § 6662 of the Internal Revenue Code, which prescribes a penalty for an underpayment of federal income tax that is "attributable to" an overstatement of …

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by Samuel Franklin

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU) filed suit on Wednesday challenging the inclusion of three abortion-related amendments in the state budget passed in June. Filed on behalf of a Cleveland-based women's health clinic, the ACLU claims that the amendments violate a state constitution provision known as the "single subject rule." According to the …

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by Samuel Franklin

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Miklos Haraszti, urged the Belarusian government on Wednesday to immediately cease executions of its citizens until legislation related to capital punishment and the court system can be reformed. According to Haraszti, executions are administered via a gunshot to the back of the head, while information …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) on Wednesday filed a complaint against the UN for compensation of Haiti's cholera victims and their families. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and comes amid the UN's refusal to compensate the …

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by Matthew Pomy

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel named Paul Lewis as Special Envoy to oversee the eventual closing of Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday. Lewis will join his US State Department counterpart, Clifford Sloan, in working toward closing the detention center. His main duties will relate to the transfer of detainees, including those to …

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by Matthew Pomy

The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh (ICTB) on Wednesday found Abdul Alim, leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the nation's war for independence in 1971, guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life imprisonment. The tribunal, which was established in 2009 under the International Crimes Act …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Egyptian court on Wednesday set the trial date for the ousted president Mohamed Morsi for November 4. Along with Morsi, 14 other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Essam el-Erian and Mohammed el-Beltagy, will be tried on the same day. The defendants were charged …

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by Max Slater

A Turkish appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of several former military officers for plotting to overthrow the regime of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003. The court upheld 20-year prison sentences for former commanders Cetin Dogan and Ozden Ornek. Supporters of the military officers argued that the …

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by Max Slater

US President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday upheld a decision by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban some Samsung products on the grounds that the products infringed on designs patented by Apple. US Trade Representative Michael Froman declared that the import ban would protect …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a preliminary injunction against a portion of Arizona's controversial immigration law. The provision in question makes it illegal to transport, shield or harbor an undocumented immigrant within Arizona borders, creating a separate crime for someone who is violating any other …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that the Detainee Treatment Act prevents the court from having jurisdiction over a former Guantanamo Bay detainee's lawsuit for damages. Adel Hassan Hamad, a Sudanese national, was captured in 2002 and transferred to Guantanamo prior to an agreement …

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