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Legal news from Monday, December 20, 2010
by Ann Riley

The FBI's preliminary annual crime statistics for 2010, released on Monday, show a decrease in violent crime for the fourth year in a row. According to the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report of 2010, the number of reported violent crimes between January and June decreased 6.2 percent when compared to statistics from the same period in …

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by John Paul Putney

The Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs announced Saturday that a UN war crimes panel will be allowed to visit the island to look into alleged war crimes in the final stages of the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The decision represents a reversal after months of strong opposition …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Ukrainian prosecutors on Monday filed criminal charges against opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko for allegedly misappropriating state funds during her time in office from 2007-2010. Tymoshenko, whose government was dissolved in March after she narrowly lost the presidential election to Viktor Yanukovych, is …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Friday dropped a lawsuit challenging the US government's Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) licensing scheme after the government changed the policy. The groups announced in August that they would pursue a legal challenge to the scheme despite …

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