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Legal news from Thursday, March 20, 2014
by Amy Mathieu

Human rights lawyer Morton Sklar urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday to investigate attacks in Cambodia on political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Sklar accused the Cambodian authorities of a systematic pattern of crimes to silence dissenting opinions and protect former Khmer Rouge leaders …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Russian State Duma on Thursday voted nearly unanimously to approve Russia's annexation of Crimea despite threats of further sanctions from Western powers. The vote coincided with the arrival of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Moscow, who came to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin …

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by Amy Mathieu

Thailand's anti-graft commission indicted Senate President Nikom Wairatpanij for alleged wrongdoing when he ended the debate on a bill to amend the Thai constitution even though members still wanted to discuss the bill further. Wairatpanij has been accused of malfeasance for not being neutral during the debate. The constitutional amendment was introduced by Prime …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Hanoi Supreme People's Court in Vietnam on Wednesday sentenced blogger Oham Viet Dao to 15 months in prison for posting articles criticizing the government. Dao's sentence follows that of popular blogger Truong Duy Nhat, who was sentenced to two years in prison on the same charges a few days earlier. Dao, who …

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by Peter Snyder

The Supreme Court of Minnesota ruled Wednesday that part of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the advising or encouraging of suicide is unconstitutional. The court overturned the conviction of William Melchert-Dinkel, who was convicted in 2011 of two counts of aiding suicide, after a judge found he "intentionally advised and encouraged" two individuals, one in Canada …

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by William Helbling

The High Court of Kenya ruled on Wednesday that journalist Walter Barasa can be extradited to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Barasa is accused of using bribes to disrupt the prosecution in the ongoing crimes against humanity case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto. The ICC reported in …

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by Peter Snyder

Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a statement before the court admitting to taking the …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US District Court for the District of Kansas on Wednesday ordered the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to assist Kansas and Arizona in enforcing their proof of citizenship laws for new voters by adding language requested by both states to the state-specific instructions on the federal mail voter registration form. Judge Eric Melgren …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday ruled that two inmate executions scheduled for March 20 and March 27 must be delayed for at least a month so that the state may have additional time to either procure the appropriate execution drugs or to alter the state's execution protocol. The state's assistant attorney general …

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