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14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Rallies were held nationwide on Saturday to protest the passage of the recent Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] and call for federal immigration reform [JURIST news archive]. Tens of thousands of protesters held rallies and vigils in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Chicago, and 70 other [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] European Parliament [official website] Vice President Silvana Koch-Mehrin [official website, in German] expressed her support for a continent-wide ban on the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] in an editorial [text, in German] published Saturday in the German daily Bild [media website, in German]. Koch-Mehrin, a member of the Free [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Nine Somali men accused of piracy and other charges pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday. US federal prosecutors charged 11 suspected Somali pirates [JURIST report] last month. One of the 11 pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, and the final accused pirate will be arraigned next week. If convicted, [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentinian state prosecutor recommended Friday that all lawsuits arising out of crimes committed under the Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] regime be dismissed because they are being dealt with in Spain. Prosecutor Federico Delgado explained [AFP report] that while any state may prosecute individuals for crimes against humanity universal [read more]

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