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Legal news from Monday, March 21, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The length of time a person is forcibly disappeared is irrelevant when considering the criminality of the act, UN rights experts concluded Monday. The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) examined the case of Argentinian prisoner Roberto Yrusta, who had been disappeared for seven days and nights after a prison transfer, before being found dead in …

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by Bradley McAllister

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday declared unanimously that ex-Congolese military leader Jean-Pierre Bemba is guilty of two counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of war crimes for his role in the armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003. The case of The Prosecutor …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case brought by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado, challenging its marijuana laws. The lawsuit, filed directly in the Supreme Court, claimed that Colorado's actions to legalize and regulate marijuana and marijuana products contravene the US Constitution and intrude on the petitioning …

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by Matthew Santiago

UN Special Rapporteur Michael Frost urged Honduras on Friday to protect human rights defenders and their families in light of the recent deaths of prominent activists. Frost's plea follows last Tuesday's murder of Nelson García, a leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations Honduras (COPINH). García was shot …

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by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court on Monday announced that it will hear Samsung's appeal against Apple regarding Apple's 2012 victory in a patent dispute. The appeal deals with the amount awarded to Apple, which in December 2015 was set at $548 million in a settlement agreement, and claims that the $399 million that …

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by Matthew Santiago

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has ordered Montana to respond to the Montana Republican Party's application for injunctive relief requesting the right to a closed primary in the state. Earlier this month, state Republicans filed the application following concerns since 2014 that the MEA-MFT, Montana's largest union, …

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by William Helbling

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday urged the prosecution of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Speaking on a live broadcast on the TRT state news network, Erdoğan called for Assad to be charged with state terrorism, claiming that the Syrian president is responsible for the death …

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