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Legal news from Wednesday, July 5, 2017
by Autumn Callan

Poland's special prosecutors have requested the US extradite a Minnesota man accused of Nazi war crimes. Michael Karkoc, 98, is a former commander of an SS-led Nazi unit responsible for burning Polish villages and killing civilians during World War II. The request for extradition was filed last month by the National Remembrance Institute (IPN). …

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by Autumn Callan

Armed groups have been committing war crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) detailing violence in three central provinces between November 2014 and April 2017. During that time period, HRW documented at least 566 civilian deaths at the hands of the Seleka and anti-balaka …

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by Autumn Callan

Two UN human rights experts have urged Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to halt the planned execution of a man with psychological disabilities. William Morva, a US Hungarian national, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a hospital security guard and a Sheriff's deputy in 2008. A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed Morva with delusional disorder …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday ruled 2-1 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot suspend a rule requiring oil and gas companies to fix and reduce methane leaks in their equipment. In June the EPA proposed staying the rule but acknowledged "that the environmental …

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