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Legal news from Thursday, July 27, 2006
by Tom Henry

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Thursday that it had reached settlements with former WorldCom CFO Scott Sullivan and six others for their roles in fraudulent adjustments and entries in WorldCom's books and records. Mark Abide, former WorldCom director of property accounting, also agreed to pay a total of nearly $130,000 as part of the …

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by Tom Henry

Attorneys for the US government and for plaintiffs asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Thursday to consolidate more than 20 cases involving telephone companies' roles in the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program. The government requested that the cases be consolidated into one civil action in the US District Court for the …

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by Tom Henry

The current Mideast conflict has halted the UN International Independent Investigation Commission probe into the February 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Beirut's Daily Star newspaper reports Friday. A source told the paper that Belgian Serge Brammertz, deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and current head …

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by Tom Henry

The US Court of Appeal for the DC Circuit will allow the Bush administration to file briefs in yet another round of legal arguments challenging hundreds of lawsuits filed by detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. A court panel has outlined a schedule for US government lawyers and counsel for the prisoners to voice their …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A judge in Arkansas Thursday approved a $90 million settlement by Google to resolve a class action lawsuit filed by advertisers alleging that Google and other online search engine companies overcharged for pay-per-click advertising, in which advertisers pay a fee every time an internet user clicks on their ads. Google agreed …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives are planning to hold an additional 19 hearings on immigration in 12 states across the country to garner support for strict border controls they say will help stop illegal immigration. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) [official …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Senior managers in the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) allegedly violated ethics rules by maintaining an improper relationship with an accounting firm that won more than $6.5 million in contract work related to Indian trust funds held by the government, according to a US Department of the Interior (DOI) [official …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US officials Thursday denied that the US had violated British air transport safety regulations in routing "smart bombs" to Israel through the UK, despite concerns expressed by UK Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett earlier this week that procedures for handling the dangerous cargo were not followed. Beckett said Wednesday that a formal complaint would be …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Former President of Malawi Bakili Muluzi was released Thursday following a brief arrest, during which he was charged with 42 counts of corruption, fraud and theft, according to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director Gustave Kaliwo. Kaliwo said the charges arose from allegations that Muluzi directed campaign contributions into his personal accounts. Muluzi proclaimed his innocence through …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Turkish author and journalist Perihan Magden was acquitted Thursday for defending an objector who was sentenced to four years in prison for refusing to wear his military uniform. The law in Turkey requires any man over 20 years old to serve in the military for 15 months and does not allow conscientious objections. Magden was …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled in favor of the mother of a Chechen man who claimed that Russia failed to investigate the death of her son as required by Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Fatima Bazorkina brought a civil suit against the Russian government …

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by Holly Manges Jones

At a US Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing Thursday, Democrats renewed their fight against the nomination of John Bolton as the permanent US ambassador to the United Nations. To avoid initial opposition in the Senate, President Bush gave Bolton the job on an interim basis last year through …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US Marshals Service has released statistics showing that the number of threats on judicial employees, including judges, increased 63 percent from 2003 to 2005, from 584 threats to 953. So far this year, marshals have investigated 822 threat reports. The Marshals Service, part of the US Department of Justice, is responsible for protecting federal judges, prosecutors, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

President Bush signed a bill Thursday to reauthorize expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The provisions would have lapsed in 2007, but the reauthorization extends them through 2032. "Today, we renew a bill that helped bring a community on the margins into the life of American democracy," …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The entertainment industry and Sharman Networks announced Thursday that they had reached a settlement regarding Sharman's Kazaa software, which allowed illegal Internet downloads of music and movies. The company agreed to pay "substantial" penalties - $115 million, according to a Los Angeles Times report - and to discourage online piracy by creating …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The United Nations may sanction the Philippines if its government continues to refuse to submit reports on human rights abuses in the country, the chairwoman of the Commission on Human Rights Philippines (CHRP) said Thursday. Purificacion Valera Quisumbing said that Manila has not complied with UN requirements to release the …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Chief Judge Raouf Abdel Rahman on Thursday ordered proceedings in the Saddam Hussein trial adjourned until October 16, when a verdict against the ousted Iraqi president is expected to be announced. Hussein was not in court Thursday, but his former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) Wednesday introduced legislation that would give Congress the power to bring lawsuits in federal court to challenge presidential bill signing statements the constitutionality of which is in question. President Bush has used the signing statements to bypass particular provisions that he considers …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Both houses of the US Congress passed bills Wednesday that impose investigation guidelines on the Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the panel that approved a Dubai-owned company to manage US ports earlier this year. The Bush administration was criticized for signing off on the transaction without giving …

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