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Legal news from Monday, February 3, 2014
by Cynthia Miley

Detroit on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan seeking to invalidate the $1.44 billion of debt the city sold to finance by establishing "sham" service corporations to facilitate the debt sales, and claiming and that all contracts or obligations connected to the debt are also invalid. …

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by Cynthia Miley

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour on Sunday ordered the creation of a higher court that would be able to hear appeals of military court verdicts. Under the new Egyptian constitution, civilians may be tried in military courts for cases involving direct attacks on military personnel or military installations. Thousands of civilian cases have been referred …

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by Daniel Mullen

Egypt's Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat on Monday referred Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie along with 50 others to the criminal court. Badie and the other Muslim Brotherhood members are accused of inciting their supporters to resist security forces and spreading chaos in the country. The prosecution …

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by Addison Morris

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday asked the federal courts to dismiss a case brought by the Miami Herald demanding to know how much money the government spent to build a prison facility at Guantanamo. The news service requested this figure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but …

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by Addison Morris

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged the Cambodian government to take steps to stop the threats and intimidation of garment factory workers who are seeking to assert their labor rights through the formation of unions. Currently, Cambodia's garment industry represents USD $5 billion per year in exports and supports 400,000 jobs. Factory owners and …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Wisconsin branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman and bars …

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by Taylor Gillan

Leaders of Ukraine's anti-government protests on Monday pressed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich for further concessions, including a return to an earlier constitution that would limit presidential powers and a revival of the EU fair trade agreement (FTA). Arseny Yatsenyuk, the parliamentary leader of the opposition party Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Monday launched an official government inquiry into the ways in which immigration detention affects the health, well-being and development of child detainees. According to AHRC, more than 1,000 undocumented immigrant children are currently detained behind "wire and steel fences" at closed detention facilities throughout Australia. In …

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by Taylor Gillan

Corruption costs EU member states approximately €120 billion each year, according to the European Commission (EC) EU Anti-Corruption Report released Monday. The first-ever EC report on the subject details the nature of corruption in each member state as well as the impact corruption has on the European economy. In a press conference on …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The burgeoning Ugandan mining industry must respect the rights of indigenous people affected by mineral exploration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Monday. The report argues that three large mining companies in particular have infringed upon the rights of the indigenous people of Karamoja by engaging in land and mineral grabs, causing environmental damage and refusing to …

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