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Legal news from Tuesday, June 16, 2015
by Alexandra Farone

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation against Pakistan. Mojaheed, the Secretary-General of Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) was originally sentenced by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on charges …

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by Alexandra Farone

An Egyptian court upheld the death sentence of deposed president Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday after consulting the grand Mufti, Egypt's highest religious figure and a government advisor on Islamic law. The death sentence was originally imposed in May, with more than 100 other defendants sentenced to death in absentia. The sentences were …

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by Brittany Felder

UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday renewed his call for the country to repeal the Human Rights Act and institute its own bill of rights in an article for the Sun newspaper [Sun op-ed]. Cameron made the call the same day he gave a speech celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing …

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by Steven Wildberger

The Belgian Privacy Commission announced Monday that it is suing Facebook for alleged violations of Belgian and European privacy laws. In May, the commission issued Facebook a set of recommendations urging the social media site to stop tracking users. Making the announcement, commission president Willem Debeuckelaere said [DeMorgen report, in …

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by Valerie Howell

The US Court of Federal Claims ruled Monday that the Federal Reserve bailout of AIG in 2008 exceeded its authority but did not award any damages. The suit was brought by former AIG CEO Maurice Greenberg and claimed that the Federal Reserve's taking of a 79.9 percent equity share as consideration …

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by Brittany Felder

The Cabinet of Israel on Sunday approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are at risk. Entitled Preventing Damage from Hunger Strikes, the law would require doctors to exhaust other means of ending a hunger strike before using force-feeding. Proponents of the bill say it would remove suicide-by-starvation [Jerusalem …

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by Valerie Howell

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday unanimously affirmed a lower court decision that employers' zero tolerance drug policies are not pre-empted by Colorado's legalization of medical marijuana. The court held that an employee can legally be discharged for consuming marijuana off-duty, as a plain meaning reading of the state's lawful off duty activities statute implies …

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by Steven Wildberger

Romania's Superior Magistrates' Council on Monday rejected 22 proposals that would have made it harder to fight top-level corruption. The proposals, developed by the governing Social Democratic Party, would have changed the law to make it harder to arrest lawmakers for corruption-related offenses including conflict of interest. Although the decision is …

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