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Legal news from Friday, March 16, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday denied a motion to remove a temporary injunction against a controversial new law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. Judge David Flanagan said that the state did not produce enough evidence to show that the injunction will …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Jayapura district court in Papua, Indonesia on Friday convicted five men of treason for declaring the province's independence and raising an outlawed separatist flag at a peaceful pro-independence rally in October. The men include the proclaimed president of West Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut, and four other peaceful protesters, each of whom was convicted of treason under the …

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by Jerry Votava

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances expressed concern on Wednesday over the state of enforced disappearances in Mexico. The Working Group, a panel of five independent human rights experts, found a "chronic pattern of impunity demonstrated by the absence of effective investigations in cases of enforced disappearances." In their report …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) on Thursday dismissed a motion to reinstate Saudi Arabia as a defendant in the civil compensation lawsuit by victims and commercial insurers against the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Judge George Daniels found no sufficient basis to grant the …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Sri Lankan government is threatening peace with the minority Tamils in the Northern Province, the International Crisis Group reported Friday. The report states that the Sinhala majority is encroaching on Tamil land, and the government maintains an excessive military presence in the province. A 25-year civil war between Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

The Mississippi House of Representatives voted 70-47 Thursday to approve a controversial immigration reform bill. The "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" is based off of Arizona's SB 1070, which has been the subject of national debate and federal litigation. As originally introduced, the Mississippi legislation would have required …

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