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Legal news from Saturday, January 22, 2011
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Los Angeles County Superior Court [official website] Judge William F. Highberger approved a settlement on Friday effectively limiting the use of seniority in layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) [official website]. The class action suit against the State of California [official website] and LAUSD was originally [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) [official website] on Friday filed suit [complaint, PDF] against the US Department of Education (DOE) [official website] in federal court seeking to overturn three regulations promulgated by the department. The challenged rules are a part of the DOE's final regulations [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] went to trial on Friday facing charges of embezzlement [JURIST report]. Portillo denies accusations that he diverted approximately USD $15 million in funds from the Ministry of Defense while he was in power between 2000 and 2004. Former Defense Minister [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced Friday that Haitian authorities will investigate crimes committed against humanity [press release] allegedly committed under the rule of Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC backgrounder] during the 1970s and 80s. The announcement comes one day after an Amnesty International researcher met with Haitian prosecutor Harycidas Auguste, [read more]

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