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Legal news from Wednesday, February 10, 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania on Wednesday upheld the 20-year sentence of Soviet-era prison commander Alexandru Visinescu for crimes against humanity. Visinescu was head of the Romanian prison Râmnicu Sărat for seven years, beginning in 1956, over the course of which approximately 14 political prisoners died. The suit was initially brought by the …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Colombia's Constitutional Court on Monday revoked the mining licenses of all 347 private mining companies that had previously been granted approval to develop the ecologically endangered Colombian Andes. The resolution contradicts part of the National Development Plan organized by the National Planning Department, which had banned the granting of new mining licenses, …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota filed suit in state court Tuesday against the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) seeking the release of footage from the police shooting of 24-year old Jamar Clark. Clark, an unarmed African-American male, was fatally shot by Minneapolis law enforcement …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the Indonesian Parliament to reject proposed amendments to its law on the "eradication of terrorism" [Law No. 15/2003]. HRW asserts that the proposed amendments are too vague and would limit the exercise of free expression and directly conflict with Indonesia's obligations to international human rights, leading to …

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by Miracle Jones

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that increased funding and international cooperation are needed to successfully combat human trafficking. Ban stressed that human trafficking affects victims in 124 countries despite the existence of political will and legal tools to root out human traffickers. The call came at the Stronger Partnership and Coordination to Stop …

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by Bradley McAllister

North Korea last week executed its army chief of staff, General Ri Yong-gil, on corruption charges, according to media reports from South Korea. General Ri Young-gil served as the chief of the general staff for Kim Jong-un's army since August 2013. It is believed the relationship between General Ri and Kim Jong-un began deteriorating in 2014. General …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday that it would explore legal action to keep the Ferguson City Council from making changes to an agreement to reform its police department and municipal operations. The announcement came after the the city council in Ferguson, Missouri, voted Tuesday to unilaterally amend the agreement …

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by Bradley McAllister

An Israeli court on Wednesday extended the 18-month jail sentence of former prime minister Ehud Olmert by one month. Olmert will serve five months for obstruction of justice concurrently with the sentence for bribery charges and one additional month consecutively. Olmert was convicted in March 2014 and sentenced to six years imprisonment on several charges …

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by Taylor Gillan

Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday accused Belgrade of not cooperating in their efforts to arrest three suspects charged with witness tampering. The UN tribunal issued arrest warrants for the three men, Petar Jojic, Vjerica Radeta and Jovo Ostojic, last January after charging them with allegedly "having threatened, intimidated, offered bribes …

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by Taylor Gillan

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that the Obama administration delay enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) pending a resolution to legal challenges. The 5-4 decision was written in five identical orders to respond to five different stay applications brought by 29 states and state …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The Maryland Senate on Tuesday overrode a veto by Governor Larry Hogan to pass bill that will allow felons to vote before they complete parole or probation. Sixty percent of the Democrat-dominated Senate voted in favor of overriding the veto, which is the exact amount required to do so. The bill will now become …

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