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Legal news from Monday, November 27, 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

The US Supreme Court announced in a one line order Monday that it would not grant a temporary stay in a case involving federal investigators' access to the phone records of two New York Times reporters. The Times filed suit to block access after US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald attempted to obtain …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The Supreme Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa Monday rejected a legal challenge by Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba to the official results of last month's presidential run-off election. The court declared the challenge unfounded and upheld the victory of incumbent Joseph Kabila [BBC …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine has launched an internal investigation into the DOJ's use of intelligence gathered under the NSA's domestic surveillance program, according to a letter from Fine to Congressional leaders obtained by AP Monday. Fine has notified leaders of the House and Senate judiciary, intelligence and appropriations committees that his …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an Illinois Supreme Court decision setting aside a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA for its marketing of "light" and "low-tar" cigarettes. The court issued its order in Price v. Philip Morris Inc. without comment. Late last year, the Illinois court …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 05-1074, a case that addresses whether and when a plaintiff may sue for pay discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 if the disparate pay …

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by Jaime Jansen

An Italian judge adjourned the tax fraud trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British lawyer David Mills Monday after Berlusconi collapsed during a speech in Florence Sunday. Berlusconi's lawyers requested time for Berlusconi to recover, and the trial will likely resume on Friday. In July, …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Iraqi Parliament Monday indefinitely barred journalists from sessions of parliament as part of efforts by Iraq's National Security Council to stop contradictory statements made by Iraqi politicians, according to Reuters. Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashadani told members of parliament that reporters should be banned from parliament sessions because the media "may increase tension," and …

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by Jaime Jansen

Chilean Judge Victor Montiglio indicted former dictator Augusto Pinochet Monday and placed him under house arrest in connection with the firing-squad deaths of two of former President Salvador Allende's bodyguards during the so-called Caravan of Death that followed the coup in which Pinochet seized power and Allende was killed. Pinochet was originally …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Israel is willing to release many Palestinian prisoners, even long-term detainees, if Palestinian militants agree to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday. Shalit was captured in Gaza on June 25, and his detention helped spark the latest round of violence …

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by Joshua Pantesco

China's State Council is considering a draft resolution that would establish a national agency to regulate organ transplants in the wake of international criticism over Chinese organ transplant practices. Chinese health officials have admitted that the majority of organs for transplant come from executed prisoners, and while China formally requires informed consent from the prisoners …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Thailand's military leaders decided Monday to lift martial law in 40 of the country's 76 provinces, pending the approval of Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. Thailand has been under a state of martial law since the Thai military seized power from civilian prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Saddam Hussein's genocide trial resumed Monday with testimony from witnesses describing how Hussein's soldiers executed civilians during the "Anfal" campaigns against ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq from 1987 to 1988. All seven defendants appeared in court, though several were represented by court-appointed lawyers while members of the defense team continue their boycott …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Serbian war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj failed to appear in court Monday as his trial began at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The court subsequently stripped Seselj of his right to represent himself and summoned court-appointed defense lawyers to represent him. Seselj, who has been on …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Many of the efforts to soften the corporate accountability reforms of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act are being pushed by the same corporations that employed questionable accounting and business practices before the Sarbanes-Oxley reforms, New York state attorney general and governor-elect Eliot Spitzer said in an interview with the Financial Times published Monday. …

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by Joshua Pantesco

An Australian government commission investigating Australian participation in the now-defunct UN oil-for-food program in Iraq has recommended that criminal charges be brought against 12 business executives for paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's former regime. In a report formally submitted to Parliament Monday, the Cole Commission confirmed earlier UN …

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