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Legal news from Tuesday, November 5, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in three cases. In Bond v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST op-ed] the court heard arguments on whether there are limits to Congress' authority to intrude on local and state programs with a valid international treaty. Carol Anne Bond attempted to poison her husband's lover by …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Burt v. Titlow that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit did not apply an appropriate standard of review when it ruled that counsel was ineffective. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, explaining that, in the context of a prisoner asking a …

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by Cynthia Miley

A Bangladeshi court sentenced 152 former members of a paramilitary border security force, the 13th Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Battalion, to death on Tuesday in connection with their participation in a February 2009 mutiny in which 74 people died, including 57 top political officers. The court also acquitted 271 people. Prosecutors in the …

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by Amy Mathieu

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of shareholders' lawsuit against Freddie Mac alleging the company misled investors by understating its sub-prime mortgage exposure and overstating its capital strength. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the lawsuit brought …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Turkey was ordered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to pay €20,000 (USD $27,000) in damages to Mesut Deniz for his torture at the hands of police in a judgment released Tuesday. Deniz, a 38-year-old Turkish National, was arrested in October 1999 and is currently being detained in Sincan Prison, Ankara Province. Medical reports …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Amnesty International (AI) called on Spanish authorities Tuesday to address the legacy of Franco era disappearances, calling the failure to do so a "betrayal of justice." AI submitted a report to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, claiming that the proposed reforms to Spain's criminal code do not meet the requirements set by international …

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by Bradley McAllister

A lawsuit filed on Monday in the second judicial district court of Minnesota alleges that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie acted beyond his authority with the establishment of an online voter registration system in September. The petition was filed by a pair of conservative advocacy groups, Minnesota Majority and Minnesota Voters Alliance …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Right to Life of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court in the Western District of Michigan on Monday over provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that require insurance companies to provide sterilization, contraceptives and morning after pills. Right to Life has 33 …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Senate on Monday voted 61-30 to move forward with the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prohibits employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As federal law currently stands, employers are only prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, disability …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

US Attorney General Eric Holder said [C-SPAN video clip] at an unrelated press conference on Monday that the slow pace of the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind 9/11, would have been avoided had he been tried before a federal civilian court. The military trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries on Monday urged governments to implement a binding international agreement to regulate the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs). The working group found that current national legislation insufficiently addresses PMSC activities, due to inadequacies in registration and licensing of these companies and the lack …

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