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Legal news from Thursday, March 11, 2010
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Swedish Parliament [official website, in Swedish] on Thursday voted 131-130 to approve a resolution [text, in Swedish] that recognizes the Ottoman Empire's killing of Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as genocide [JURIST news archive]. Of the 349 assembly members, 88 were absent [AP report]. The resolution was opposed [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow [JURIST news archive] had challenged the practice on behalf of several families, arguing [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted [H Res 1031 materials] Thursday to impeach federal judge Thomas Porteous [official profile] of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website]. The case will now proceed to the US Senate [official website] where a two-thirds majority [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Thursday released its 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [materials]. Announcing the release [video; statement text], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the US has recommitted "to continue the hard work of making human rights a human reality." In [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A group of delegates from the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] concluded a meeting [press release] in Moscow Wednesday over Russian claims of war crimes committed by Georgia during the South Ossetia conflict [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in August 2008. [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said [press release] Wednesday that recently announced election laws [JURIST report] in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] do not meet international standards for an inclusive political process, in particular because they do not allow pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Cambodian parliament [official website] passed a controversial anti-corruption bill Wednesday meant to further transparency in government while opposition parties staged a walkout, saying the new law would stifle criticism and foster corruption. The law will create a national anti-corruption council to oversee investigators, but critics have said that [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Virginia General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday passed a bill [text, PDF] that will ban any federal mandate for individuals to have health insurance. The bill, called the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act, is the first of its kind [WP report] passed by any state, and says that [read more]

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