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Legal news from Monday, December 5, 2016
by Brittany Felder

Prosecutors before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday began closing arguments in the trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic. It is expected that the closing arguments will last over one week and the verdict is expected to come in 2017. This trial marks the last major …

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by Meena Ansari

The UK Supreme Court on Monday began hearing an appeal to last month's ruling that only parliament has the authority to trigger the UK's exit from the EU. The case centers around the question of whether it is constitutional for Prime Minister Theresa May to invoke Article 50, which is the issuance of formal …

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by Brittany Felder

A UN Special Rapporteur on Monday "strongly condemn" the executions of three men in Belarus last week. Citing the executions as a confirmation of the "the persistent disregard for human rights in the country," the expert asserted that the country should have stayed at least two of the executions until their cases, which were pending before the …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Sunday that Shawqi Awad Balzuhair will be transferred from Guantanamo Bay to the government of Cape Verde, a small country off the Western coast of Africa. Balzuhair was first captured in Pakistan on September 11, 2002. The Periodic Review Board determined that "continued law …

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by Autumn Callan

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordered Michigan to proceed with a presidential ballot recount early Monday morning. The recount was originally scheduled to start December 2 but was delayed due to objections filed by President-elect Donald Trump. Although Trump's objections were rejected by the Michigan State …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that an alternate route will be investigated for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, continued that in accordance with the need to further investigate alternative routes, an easement will not be granted to Dakota Access, LLC [corporate …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Italian voters on Sunday rejected proposals to reform the Italian constitution. The referendum proposed changes that would have amended the structure of parliament and concentrated more power in the centralized government as opposed to the Senate, the upper house of parliament. The proposals had been brought by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who claimed that he would …

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