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Legal news from Thursday, March 17, 2011
by Jennie Ryan

A spokesperson for the UK's Metropolitan Police Service on Thursday confirmed the arrest of a 46-year-old Peruvian national on suspicion of crimes against humanity and torture. He is suspected of involvement with the Shining Path, a Maoist guerilla organization, believed to be responsible for the deaths of thousands in conflicts in Peru. The man, whose name …

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by Dan Taglioli

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife." Companion bills were introduced in both chambers of Congress in an effort to capitalize on growing public support for same-sex marriage. …

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by Julia Zebley

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) on Wednesday arrested nine suspects, all former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), on suspicions of committing war crimes during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo. Included in the arrest was Fatmir Limaj, a former commander of the KLA and …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to review a lower court order requiring a Muslim woman to remove her niqab while testifying. The Court of Appeal for Ontario in October ruled that a witness does not have to remove her veil unless the failure to do so will prevent the …

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by Daniel Makosky

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal on Wednesday ruled that the 1981 declaration of martial law violated the country's then-governing constitution. The decision facilitates the restitution process for those harmed while martial law remained in effect by eliminating the need for courts to rule on the declaration's constitutionality on a case-by-case …

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by Daniel Richey

Republicans in the Wisconsin state legislature broke several state laws when they passed last month's controversial budget bill, charges Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D) in a complaint filed Tuesday in a Wisconsin circuit court. Ozanne alleges the February 25 special session that enacted the Budget Repair Bill, or Senate Bill 11 [text, …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Six opposition leaders were arrested in Bahrain on Thursday after the government, backed by foreign troops from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), violently dispersed protesters in the capital of Manana on Wednesday. Among those arrested are dissident Hassan Mushaima and secular party leader Ebrahim Sharif. Six people were killed during the clashes on Wednesday and …

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by Ann Riley

The Obama administration on Wednesday backed Internet privacy legislation at a hearing before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The hearing followed reports released in December by the US Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) petitioning for stronger online privacy protections, while maintaining the innovation of the Internet. …

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