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Legal news from Monday, May 22, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

Jury deliberations began Monday in the retrial of two former Enron executives from the fallen company's broadband department. Former CFO Kevin Howard and senior accounting director Michael Krautz are being retried after their first trial ended in a hung jury in 2005. Both men are charged with one count …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Bushra Khalil, a defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein, said Monday that she believes Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman, the Kurdish judge presiding over Hussein's trial, is harsher on her than other lawyers because she is a Shiite. Khalil was thrown out of court for the second time Monday after being added …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Legal experts with the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) have questioned the credibility of some of the Cambodian judges who have been approved to serve on a war crimes tribunal that will hear cases against former Khmer Rouge leaders accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. Earlier this month, King Norodom Sihamoni [official …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs is reportedly preparing a document that recommends a lawsuit against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for allegedly inciting genocide with anti-Israel remarks. A group of Israeli diplomats, including former UN Ambassador Dore Gold, say Ahmadinejad's comments violate the 1948 UN Genocide Convention. Lawyers …

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by Joe Shaulis

The South Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) on Monday rejected an appeal of its antitrust decision against Microsoft. In December, the KFTC issued a preliminary ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position by bundling its media viewer and instant-messaging software with its Windows operating system. …

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by Joe Shaulis

Royal Dutch Shell PLC will wait for a Nigerian appeals court ruling rather than pay a $1.5 billion judgment to compensate ethnic communities in Nigeria for pollution from its operations. A company spokesman said paying the judgment, which was due at noon Monday, would be inappropriate because of its appeal. …

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by Jaime Jansen

A federal grand jury in Ohio on Monday indicted seven former executives of National Century Financial Enterprises [Forbes.com backgrounder] on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and promotion of money laundering. The seven former executives of the health care financing company are accused of conspiring to defraud investors of $3 billion by lying to investors about how …

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by Jaime Jansen

US oil companies did not illegally manipulate gasoline prices or restrain supply last year in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, according to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report released Monday. US antitrust authorities performed an investigation of the oil industry, and, like several past investigations, found no evidence of price …

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by Joe Shaulis

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has denied prosecutors' request to transfer the trial of Rwandan genocide suspect Michel Bagaragaza to Norway because Norway does not have a specific law against genocide. In its decision, the UN-backed court said:In this case, it is apparent that the Kingdom of Norway does …

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by Joe Shaulis

UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith is to meet with senior Israeli officials Thursday to discuss whether Israeli soldiers should be charged with war crimes for shooting two Britons in 2003. The families of James Miller, an award-winning cameraman, and Tom Hurndall, a peace activist, have asked Goldsmith to prosecute the Israeli soldiers under the Geneva Conventions …

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by Jaime Jansen

Court-martial proceedings against US Army Sgt. Santos A. Cardona began Monday on charges of maltreatment of prisoners, dereliction of duty and assault connected to Cardona's alleged use of unmuzzled dogs when questioning detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. A second dog handler, Sgt. Michael Smith, was convicted earlier this year and sentenced …

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by Jaime Jansen

Election officials in Montenegro said Monday that over 55 percent of voters in Sunday's referendum endorsed seceding from Serbia and forming an independent nation. Montenegro's State Electoral Commission said that 55.4 percent of voters supported independence in a majority vote that required 55 percent to win. Some Montenegrin leaders had …

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by Jaime Jansen

Chief Justice John Roberts wants greater consensus between justices on the US Supreme Court and hopes to decide issues on very narrow grounds in order to avoid unnecessary controversy. In a commencement address to Georgetown Law Center graduates on Sunday, Roberts said: If it is not necessary to decide more …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police can enter a home without a warrant when they have not knocked or announced their presence if they have an objectively reasonable basis to believe that someone inside the home has been seriously injured or there is an imminent threat of injury. In Brigham County …

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by Jaime Jansen

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday that the US does not need to make English the "national language" and that a Senate move to add English language amendments to an immigration reform proposal was symbolic. In an interview on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Gonzales said that the Senate's …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US prison and jail population added prisoners from mid-2004 to mid-2005 at a rate of 2.6 percent and more than 1,000 new inmates a week, reaching a total of 2,186,230 inmates behind bars according to a Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics report released Sunday. Prisons received 1.4 million of the …

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by Jaime Jansen

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that the government has authority to prosecute journalists for publishing classified material under several "statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility." In an appearance on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Gonzales said that journalists' …

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by Jaime Jansen

FBI agents videotaped US Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) last August accepting $100,000 in cash as a bribe from wealthy businesswoman Lori Mody for a Nigerian official, according to an FBI affidavit made public Sunday. Mody was actually working as an FBI informant and FBI agents later found $90,000 of the cash in Jefferson's freezer. The search …

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by Jaime Jansen

Raouf Abdel-Rahman, the judge presiding over the Saddam Hussein trial, on Monday threw defense lawyer Bushra Khalil out of the courtroom for apparently arguing with the chief judge. Khalil, the only female defense lawyer in the trial, was removed from a session in April when she objected to …

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