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Legal news from Tuesday, February 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Walden v. Fiore that when the conduct of the defendant, a Georgia police officer, occurred entirely in Georgia, the mere fact that his conduct affected plaintiffs with connections to Nevada does not authorize jurisdiction over him in Nevada. The decision overturns the US Court of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday in Fernandez v. California that police may search a home without a warrant over the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises. The Court of Appeals of California concluded that Supreme Court precedent established in 2006 in Georgia v. …

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by Bradley McAllister

Fortify Rights, an independent human rights group based in Southeast Asia, issued a 79-page report on Tuesday claiming evidence the Myanmar government ordered policy discrimination against Rohingya Muslims. The report is based on 12 leaked official documents going back to 1993, which reveal explicit government policies imposing restrictions on movement, marriage, childbirth, …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The Ukrainian parliamentary body Verkhovna Rada voted on Tuesday to adopt a resolution referring the now-fugitive former president Viktor Yanukovich and other high-ranking state officials to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report accused state officials of ordering law enforcement officers to use improper suppression measures, including improper use of physical …

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by Stephen Adelgren

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday called for an international investigation into possible war crimes committed by both sides during the 25-year Sri Lankan civil war that ended in May 2009. Citing an alleged failure of domestic authorities to properly investigate and prosecute alleged war crimes, Pillay reportedly stated …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Gay rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted Tuesday by the Lusaka Magistrate's Court of charges of encouraging homosexuality. Kasonkomona, a well-known activist for LGBT rights in highly-conservative Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, was arrested in April 2013 after speaking out on a television program for "soliciting in a public place for immoral purposes." The magistrate found [BBC …

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by Bradley McAllister

Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Monday dismissed the convictions of five Italian agents related to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. The five agents included the former chief of Italy's SISMI …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday filed a notice of appeal of a recent ruling overturning the state's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The amendment was struck down as unconstitutional in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure into law Monday expanding the reasons for which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be subject to unscheduled audits, or "snap inspections." These reasons include allegations of extremism and suspected violations of the law, and the inspections may be ordered by the heads of authorized …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Egypt's Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat on Monday referred 504 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for a mass trial. The members are accused of a variety of crimes stemming from the Day of Rage clashes on August 16, which resulted in 95 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The Muslim Brotherhood …

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