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Legal news from Monday, October 19, 2009
by Hillary Stemple

The Honduran interim government officially eased restrictions on protests and opposition media Monday, two weeks after acting-president Roberto Micheletti promised to repeal the executive decree issued in September suspending several constitutional rights. The decree suspended five articles of the Honduran Constitution and was issued in response to protests being organized in support …

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by Steve Dotterer

The Israeli government on Friday rejected a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution endorsing the final report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. The Israeli Foreign Ministry called the resolution "one-sided" and called on the international community to join Israel in rejecting it, issuing the …

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by Ann Riley

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday commenced the confirmation of charges hearing against Sudanese war crimes suspect and rebel leader Bahr Idriss Abu Garda, the first suspect to appear before the ICC in regard to the Darfur situation. Abu Garda is accused of committing war crimes by orchestrating a …

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by Patrice Collins

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidelines Monday directing federal prosecutors to respect state-sanctioned medical marijuana use and distribution, ending raids on facilities complying with state law. The memorandum outlining DOJ priorities concerning illicit trafficking directs prosecutors not to focus on individuals acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. Though the DOJ declared its …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Delaware on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection, one day before eight clergy sexual abuse trials were set to begin. The filing will delay the trials, which were scheduled to take place in the Kent County Superior Court. The lawyer representing some of the alleged sexual abuse victims …

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by Jonathan Cohen

A delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS) arrived in Honduras Sunday to investigate human rights violations that may have occurred since the ouster of Manuel Zelaya as president. The investigative team was commissioned by the UN earlier this month, and is set to be in Honduras …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Friday asked the UN Security Council to pass a resolution exempting him from trial based on an alleged immunity agreement reached with former US ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke in 1996. Last week, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for …

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