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Legal news from Thursday, February 3, 2011
by Daniel Richey

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments Wednesday on a new challenge to the Voting Rights Act of Act of 1965 (VRA). Arguing before Judge John Bates, officials representing Shelby County, Alabama, together with a corps of conservative activists, argued that it is no longer constitutionally justifiable to subject …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UK government's independent reviewer of terror laws on Thursday published a report saying that rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made it difficult to remove foreign terror suspects from Britain. Control orders, created by the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 2005 (PTA), are available to …

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by Julia Zebley

Kenya's High Court of Nairobi ruled Thursday that recent judicial nominations by President Mwai Kibaki are unconstitutional, halting parliament's approval proceedings. Agreeing with an earlier pronouncement by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Justice Daniel Musinga ruled in favor of eight advocacy groups, largely devoted to women's …

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by Sarah Posner

The Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles on Wednesday approved a $6.5 million settlement between the state of California and two former Countrywide Financial Corporation executives accused of predatory lending. The lawsuit alleged that Countrywide lured borrowers with low teaser rates prior to the mortgage crisis. The loan officers did not warn borrowers …

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by Daniel Makosky

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling barring the Ten Commandments from being displayed in an Ohio courthouse. The display, called "Philosophies of Law in Conflict," includes two columns bearing the headings "Moral Absolutes: The Ten Commandments" and "Moral Relatives: Humanist Precepts" and …

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by Daniel Richey

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II announced Thursday that he will file a petition for certiorari before judgment with the US Supreme Court, asking the court to hear an appeal in the case of Commonwealth v. Sebelius, the Commonwealth of Virginia's challenge to the recently enacted health care …

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by Daniel Makosky

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday ordered the administrator for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) to refrain from characterizing himself as independent from British Petroleum (BP) in communications with victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Russia's Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights will look into the verdicts handed down against former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev. During a recent council meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, council member Tamara Morshchakova, a former …

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by Ann Riley

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that the Detroit Immigration Court has ordered the removal of a Michigan man accused of killing Jews while serving as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police (UAP) in L'viv, Ukraine, during World War II. John Kalymon, found to have personally shot Jews while …

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