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Legal news from Wednesday, October 16, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Kansas v. Cheever the court heard arguments on whether it violates the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination if a defendant offers expert testimony to show he or she lacked a requisite mental state at the time of …

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by Samuel Franklin

A Russian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the embezzlement conviction of Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's chief political opponent, but suspended his five-year jail sentence, allowing him to walk free. Navalny was sentenced to five years for embezzling 16 million roubles (USD $500,000) from a timber firm in the Kirov region in 2009. While Navalny may have …

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by Sung Un Kim

Lawyers for two Portland same-sex couples on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Oregon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs' claim is based on violations of due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment. They claim that Article 15 Section 5a of the Oregon …

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by Samuel Franklin

France's highest appeals court on Wednesday upheld the 2009 fraud conviction of the Church of Scientology. The Cour de Cassation, the country's court of final appeal for civil and criminal matters, rejected the organization's request that the conviction be overturned on the grounds it violated religious freedom. The …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of UK on Wednesday upheld the Representation of the People Act of 1983, which prohibits inmates from casting votes. The challenge was brought by Peter Chester and George McGeoch, two inmates who are serving life sentences for murder. The seven judges unanimously rejected the claims that European law gives …

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by Matthew Pomy

A Budapest prosecutor on Wednesday charged Bela Biszku, former leader of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party (MSZMP), with war crimes. The charges stem from when Biszku was a member of the party's Temporary Executive Committee after the failed revolution in 1956. The committee established its own police force, which is accused of routinely …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Wednesday began hearing closing arguments in the case against two former Khmer Rouge leaders. Nuon Chea, also known as "Brother Number 2," and Khieu Samphan, former head of state, are accused of leading the Khmer regime, which caused the death …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya on Tuesday voiced concern over the situations of aboriginal people in Canada, concluding that the country is facing a "crisis." Information collected by Anaya reveals that despite the general wealth and prosperity of Canada, one in five indigenous people live in poor, often overcrowded …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the Nigerian government to investigate the deaths of hundreds of people detained by the country's military Joint Task Force (JTF). Evidence gathered by AI reveals that more than 950 people have died in military custody this year, with most deaths occurring in facilities used to detain suspected members of the …

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