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Legal news from Saturday, October 31, 2009
by Jay Carmella

Russia must undertake extensive legal reforms in order to protect human rights, according to a report issued Friday by the UN Human Rights Committee. The committee found that Russia is failing to protect important human rights in a number of areas. The report emphasized the problems the country is having guaranteeing its citizens rights such as …

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by Christian Ehret

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday completed the confirmation of charges hearing against Sudanese war crimes suspect Bahr Idriss Abu Garda. During the hearing, prosecutors alleged that Abu Garda controlled rebel forces during the September 2007 attack against African Union peacekeepers in North-Darfur. Abu Garda is suspected of having led …

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by Sarah Miley

A US Law Library of Congress (LLOC) spokesperson said Thursday that the LLOC will not retract its report on the military-backed coup in Honduras, according to a McClatchy Newspapers report. The statement came in response to demands from senior congressional Democrats to retract the report, which the lawmakers charge …

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by Zach Zagger

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Thursday overturned thousands of juvenile-offender convictions issued by a judge indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged kickback scheme. The order voids about 6,500 convictions handed down by former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas president judge Mark Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008. Ciavarella, along with …

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