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Legal news from Wednesday, December 12, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The New Patriotic Party of Ghana (NPP) on Tuesday announced its plan to challenge the country's presidential election results after alleging that the victory of incumbent president John Dramani Mahama was due to fraud. Though Mahama was declared the winner of Ghana's December 7 election with 50.7 percent of the valid …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Monday lifted a preliminary injunction blocking part of a Georgia immigration law that allows law enforcement officers to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in criminal investigations. Judge Thomas Thrash's order is in line with an August ruling by the …

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by Jerry Votava

The House of Representatives two bills on Tuesday, known as "Freedom to Work," that makes payment of union dues voluntary and limits workers' rights to strike and picket. The legislation was quickly signed into law by Michigan Governor Rick Synder. The bills address employees in both the public and private …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The chief US military judge for the Guantanamo Bay 9/11 military commission trial has approved the US government's request for a protective order. The order, made public Wednesday, effectively blocks the public's access to accused 9/11 conspirators' testimony regarding the alleged use of "enhanced interrogation techniques," imprisonment and torture methods by …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday convicted former Bosnian Serb army commander Zdravko Tolimir of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, sentencing him to life in prison. Tolimir, who served under Ratko Mladic [ICTY case materials; JURIST news …

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by Jerry Votava

Justice Mohammed Nizamul Huq, a judge for the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) resigned from his position on Tuesday. Huq was the chairman of the tribunal's three-judge panel, and is a Justice for the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. His resignation follows recent allegations of impropriety. The …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday invalidated a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois, ultimately deciding that the law is unconstitutional. Relying on the US Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, Judge Richard Posner opined that the Second Amendment "confers a …

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by Julia Zebley

The UK Minister for Women and Equalities announced Tuesday the Conservative government's intent to legalize same-sex marriage in the coming year, with a provision that the state Church of England will be barred from performing any marriages. Minister Maria Miller made the statement in the House of …

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