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India court charges ex-MP in connection with anti-Sikh riots

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[JURIST] An Indian court on Friday charged Sajjan Kumar [official profile], a former member of the Parliament of India in the ruling Congress Party [official websites], in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots [TOI backgrounder]. Additional Sessions Judge Sunita Gupta…

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US Congress advances ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ repeal legislation

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[JURIST] The US House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee [official websites] on Thursday advanced compromise legislation to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy [10 USC s. 654; JURIST news archive], sending it to a vote…

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Amnesty annual report decries ‘global justice gap’

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released its 2010 Annual Report [materials; press release], highlighting a “global justice gap” caused by influential governments avoiding accountability for human rights abuses. AI was critical of the actions of the Group…

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Federal judge orders release of Yemeni Guantanamo detainee

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ordered the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Hassen [NYT profile]. Hassen had been initially detained [Miami Herald report]…

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Israel high court chief criticizes government for violating West Bank building injunction

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[JURIST] President Dorit Beinisch [official profile] of the Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] on Wednesday criticized the Israeli government for ignoring an injunction against building an access road on Palestinian lands. The road would connect two West…

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Obama to send 1200 National Guard troops to US-Mexico border

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[JURIST] The Obama administration confirmed Tuesday that it will send 1,200 National Guard [official website] troops to the US-Mexican border in an effort to deter drug smuggling and illegal immigration. They will join the 300 National Guard troops and 26,000…

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Canada finance minister proposes national securities regulator

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[JURIST] Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty [official website] on Wednesday introduced legislation [text; official backgrounder] that would establish a single national securities regulatory body to replace the current system managed by individual provinces and territories. The Canadian Securities Act would…

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Peru judge orders release of US woman held for involvement with rebel group

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[JURIST] A Peruvian judge on Tuesday ordered the release of Lori Berenson [advocacy website], a US citizen held since 1995 for collaboration with a Marxist rebel organization. Judge Jessica Leon Yarango cited [press release, in Spanish] good behavior, Berenson’s renunciation…

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Oklahoma voters to decide on health care opt-out amendment

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[JURIST] The Oklahoma House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday voted 88-9 to put a constitutional amendment purporting to exempt state residents from the federal health care law [HR 3590; JURIST news archive] on the November ballot. The vote comes…

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Oklahoma legislature overrides veto of pre-abortion questionnaire bill

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[JURIST] The Oklahoma Senate [official website] voted 33-15 [roll call, PDF] Tuesday to override the veto of bill [HB 3284 text, RTF] that would require women seeking an abortion [JURIST news archive] to complete a questionnaire. The vote comes a…

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Africa groups urge greater cooperation with ICC

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[JURIST] A collection of African civil society organizations on Monday issued a declaration [text] urging greater cooperation between the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] and African nations during the upcoming ICC review conference. The group of 124 organizations called…

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Obama administration seeks dismissal of Virginia health care suit

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[JURIST] The Obama administration on Monday filed a brief [text, PDF] urging the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the state of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive].…

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White House backs amendment to ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ repeal legislation

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[JURIST] The Obama administration on Monday backed a proposal that would prevent a repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy [10 USC s. 654; JURIST news archive] from taking effect until the completion of a comprehensive review of…

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Russia ex-PM testifies Khodorkovsky arrest politically motivated

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[JURIST] Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov [BBC profile] on Monday testified that former president Vladimir Putin [official website; JURIST news archive] ordered the arrest of former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] for political reasons. Testifying…

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Obama introduces legislation seeking wider authority to cut spending

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[JURIST] US President Barack Obama sent legislation [text, PDF] to Congress on Monday that would give the president the ability to force Congress to vote on a repeal of spending provisions once they have been signed into law. Under the…

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Supreme Court rules on plain error in alleged ex post facto violation

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-1 in United States v. Marcus [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the lower court had misapplied precedent interpreting plain error in an alleged ex post facto…

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Supreme Court rules on mandatory minimum sentencing for federal gun crimes

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in United States v. O’Brien [Cornell LII backgrounder] that the question of whether a firearm is a machine gun must be proved to the…

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Australia government announces new military court

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[JURIST] Australian Defense Minister John Faulkner and Attorney General Robert McClelland [official websites] announced Monday that the government will establish a new military court [press release] as part of a restructuring of the federal court system. The Military Court of…

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