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Legal news from Friday, March 7, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the international community Friday to provide assistance to Libya's failing justice system. HRW expressed concern over the mass detention of individuals on what they called an arbitrary basis. The call for assistance asked for trained personnel to help end the mass incarcerations as well as for help training additional …

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by William Helbling

The Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that Tampa Immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio, in the country illegally, may not be licensed to practice law in the state. Godinez-Samperio is a 26-year-old man who arrived to the US at age 9 and grew up in the Tampa area despite the expiration of his tourist visas. Godinez-Samperio attended …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday found Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga guilty of four counts of war crimes and one count of crime against humanity. The crimes were committed during an attack on a village in a diamond-rich region of Congo in 2003, in which approximately 200 …

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by Amy Mathieu

A Russian court in Moscow on Friday fined opposition leader Alexei Navalny 10,000 rubles (USD $275) for participation in an unsanctioned public gathering. Navanly was charged after chanting anti-police statements [RFE/RL report] outside of the courthouse last week. In February a Moscow court ordered Navalny on house arrest during an investigation of embezzlement charges. His …

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by Amy Mathieu

Twenty-seven member states of the United Nations (UN) released a joint statement expressing concern about the escalating violence in Egypt. The statement stresses the UN's concern for Egypt's restrictions on the freedom to peaceably assembly, expression and association. The declaration states that the lethal force by security officials against demonstrators is highly disproportionate and disregards Egypt's …

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by Stephen Adelgren

On Thursday the Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill that would require information related to suppliers of drugs used in lethal injections to be kept confidential, citing current difficulties obtaining the drugs. The bill is being pushed by the Alabama Department of Corrections, and passed the House by a vote of …

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by Matthew Pomy

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Malawi to put an end to the practice of child and forced marriage in a report released on Thursday. The report was compiled based on interviews with 80 girls and women in six districts in southern and central Malawi. The report details how child marriage exposes girls to domestic …

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by Addison Morris

The Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to remove the state code's ban on oral and anal sex, a decade after it was invalidated by a US Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas. The new legislation limits the definition of "crimes against nature" to only bestiality and …

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by Addison Morris

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned the High Court's acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim, sentencing the opposition leader to five years in prison for sodomizing a male aide in 2008. This conviction makes Anwar unable to run for chief minister of Selangor in next month's election, where he was expected to win. Anwar …

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by Matthew Pomy

An Italian appeals court overturned the fraud oversight convictions of several banks on Friday. A lower court ruled that JPMorgan Chase & Co., Deutsche Bank AG, UBS AG and Depfa Bank Plc forced the city of Milan to enter into an interest-rate swap agreement that ended up costing the city millions when the banks sold derivatives on the bonds. …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya Subedi on Thursday announced support for a five-point electoral reform agreement reached by Cambodia's two main political parties, the Cambodian People's Party and the Cambodian National Rescue Party. The two parties agreed on two key measures on electoral reform: to review the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday refused to grant Apple's request for an injunction against three Samsung touchscreen software features, which were found to have infringed on Apple patents. US District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request to ban 23 Samsung devices, …

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