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Legal news from Thursday, October 24, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

UN human rights expert Doudou Diene on Thursday stressed the importance of remembering the victims of the violent post-election crisis that gripped the West African nation of the Ivory Coast two years ago. The five-month long post-election crisis, which resulted in at least 3,000 civilian deaths, erupted when former president Laurent Gbagbo …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the state's driving while intoxicated (DWI) implied consent law, ruling it is constitutional under the Fourth Amendment. The law makes it a crime for impaired drivers to refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test. The case, State v. Brooks, arose out of …

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by Amy Mathieu

The government of Chad should release prisoners without charges or charge them with a recognizable criminal offense, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report released Thursday. The government is allegedly using charges such as "inciting racial hatred," "defamation" and "endangering national security" to justify the arrests of journalists, human rights defenders, trade-unionists …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled in an unreleased decision on Wednesday that a constitutional amendment and pursuant statute expanding the military justice system is unconstitutional. Magistrate Jorge Ivan Palacio announced that the decision was based on "procedural defects" within the law. The measure would have placed violations of international human rights law …

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by Taylor Gillan

UN Special Raporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs) Chaloka Beyani urged the government of Serbia and authorities in Kosovo on Tuesday to cooperate and discharge their primary responsibility for applying lasting solutions for IDPs in Serbia and Kosovo. "The time is now conducive to implement durable solutions, after 15 …

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by Stephen Adelgren

A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday found Bank of America (BOA) liable for fraudulently making bad loans and for removing quality checks for those loans. Also implicated in the verdict are Countrywide (a subdivision of Bank of America) and senior executive Rebecca Mairone. …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld the conviction of ex-Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. Ghailani had appealed his conviction on the premise that his constitutional rights to a speedy trial had been violated by his lengthy detainment and interrogation …

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by Samuel Franklin

A Wisconsin judge on Wednesday dismissed a challenge to the state's 2011 collective bargaining law brought by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA), holding that the state legislature's limitation on the right to collectively bargain did not infringe on the constitutional right to freely associate. Judge John Markson, presiding over the Dane County Circuit Court [official …

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by Lauren Laing

About thirty aides to Muammar Gaddafi, including his son Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, were indicted Thursday by a Libyan court for a list of offenses allegedly committed during the 2011 revolt in the country. The charges levied against them include murder, kidnapping, complicity in incitement to rape, plunder, sabotage, …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday ruled that restriction of public access to Delaware's government-sponsored arbitration hearings is unconstitutional. The Court, in affirming the district court's ruling, held that the provision that allows confidential judge-run arbitration hearings violates the First Amendment, but stated that the decision does …

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by Lauren Laing

An Italian court on Wednesday ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for allegedly bribing a senator to step down from a rival center-left party, which helped lead to the downfall of Romano Prodi's government in 2008. Judge Amelia Primavera set the trial for a corruption charge against Berlusconi to begin February …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the FBI is not required to disclose documents regarding its use of ethnic and racial information. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the disclosure of those documents, but the …

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