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Legal news from Tuesday, April 7, 2015
by Addison Morris

A coalition of human rights groups on Tuesday urged Venezuelan authorities to stop intimidating and harassing human rights organizations. According to the groups, the government has employed tactics intended to discredit and undermine the legitimacy of 28 international and Latin American human rights organizations by making allegations that the organizations do not support Venezuelan democracy. Additionally, numerous …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Anadolu 4th High Criminal Court in Istanbul on Tuesday acquitted the remaining 62 military officers for from an alleged conspiracy to initiate a coup in Turkey in 2003. A lawyer explained the ruling cites inadmissible evidence, notably some of the digital evidence. Allegedly, the digital evidence was rendered useless by significant time-based inconsistencies. …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley Monk Jr., is a Marine Corps veteran who suffers from …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Malaysian lawmakers approved detention without trial in a new anti-terror bill that passed on Tuesday, but human rights groups criticize the bill as a giant step backwards for human rights in the country. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was passed by the country's Parliament with a 79-60 vote. If approved The new law would allow authorities to …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday ordered six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary discovery application to determine the identity of unknown respondents. The …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A court in Nairobi on Tuesday ordered five Kenyan citizens and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while authorities investigate possible connections to last week's university massacre. The court granted state lawyers' request for the extended detention of the six suspects, which will likely last up to 24 hours before the detainee has to be …

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by Addison Morris

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Monday that some requirements of the 1994 Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act are so vague that they are unconstitutional. One of these is the requirement that convicted sex offenders stay at least 1,000 feet away from schools. The judge stated …

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by Alexandra Farone

Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued an order to register a report against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 US drone attack that killed two tribesmen. The court's order was issued in response to anti-drone activist Haji Abdul Karim Khan's petition, filed because his brother and …

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by Laura DeGeer

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the beating of a 62-year-old man by an Italian police officer during the Genoa G-8 summit in July of 2001 amounted to torture. Arnaldo Cestaro, the injured, was in a school when police stormed the building and, though he was being complicit …

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by Laura DeGeer

Afghanistan women's rights activists are facing increased violence and a lack of governmental support, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report published Tuesday. According to AI, female activists face threats, sexual assault, killing of family members, grenade attacks on homes and assassinations. The report outlines how these women and girls "have been targeted not …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that struck down a law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Schimel appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago to attempt to have the law reinstated. The law required …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The US Supreme Court on Monday asked for the Obama administration's position on an appeal by the Iranian Central Bank over whether $1.75 billion must be paid to families of the victims of the 1983 Lebanon US Marine Corps barracks bombing. The victims' families were awarded $2.65 billion in 2007 after a US …

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