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Legal news from Tuesday, February 24, 2015
by Bradley McAllister

Amnesty International (AI) claimed Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid civilian casualties in an attack on the Libyan city of Derna last week. The airstrikes occurred in the early morning hours of February 16, and AI argues that indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations, such as this attack by …

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by Addison Morris

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state of Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million, settling a long dispute over water use from the Republican River. The river originates in Colorado, runs through Nebraska and ends in Kansas. In a compact reached in 1943, 49 percent of the river's water …

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by Addison Morris

Former president of the Supreme Court of Panama, Alejandro Moncada, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of falsifying documents and illicit enrichment. Panama officials suspended Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from his ties with former president Ricardo Martinelli. Moncada denied any wrongdoing and also claimed to be …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Alaska's voter initiative legalizing marijuana use takes effect Tuesday, making it the third state, along with Colorado and Washington, to legalize recreational marijuana. The ballot, which was approved by voters in November, allows adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and up to six plants. However, it is still illegal to sell marijuana in …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Nazif and former minister of interior Habib el-Adly of all charges. Both defendants were charged with "squandering public funds and profiteering" after allegedly making an illegal deal with German Company UTSCH to sell license plates for higher than market value. Prosecutors say that the deal, which lost EGP …

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by Alexandra Farone

A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York found the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority liable Monday for the terrorist attacks that took place in Israel between 2002-2004 and killed 33 people, including Americans. The jury awarded $218.5 million in damages to the victims' …

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by Laura DeGeer

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Tuesday convicted and sentenced Abdul Jabbar, militia leader and former lawmaker, to life in prison for genocide and religious persecution committed during the1971 Liberation War. Jabbar was tried in absentia, as it is thought that he has fled to the US, and was found guilty on five charges …

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by Laura DeGeer

An Arkansas enacted a bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing ordinances with anti-discrimination codes became law Monday when Asa Hutchinson declined to veto it. Critics had called for a veto, as the legislation prohibits local governments from enacting laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination. The stated purpose …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A 94-year-old man will stand trial in Germany for 3,681 counts of accessory to murder on allegations of serving in the Auschwitz death camp during World War II. Prosecutors stated that the man was a former SS sergeant who served as a medic in an SS hospital in Auschwitz. As a medic, the prosecutors stated that the …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday. In Kerry v. Din the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether US citizens have the right to judicial review if a consular officer denies a spouse's visa application. Respondent Fauzia Din, an American citizen from Afghanistan, had sued …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo made her her first appearance before a domestic court Monday, questioning charges against her. Gbagbo is on trial for her role in the violence following the disputed 2010 election between her husband, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. Ouattara was declared the winner, sparking violence that left 3,000 …

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by Addison Morris

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday jointly released a report detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS). The 40-page report documents the killings of civilians, abductions, rapes, slavery and trafficking of women …

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