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Legal news from Wednesday, December 27, 2006
by Leslie Schulman

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told reporters Wednesday that "the door remains open" for possible changes to the structure and procedure of a divisive UN-supported international tribunal being proposed to try suspects accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. Siniora didn't specify what the possible amendments were, …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled unanimously Wednesday that it could not force the state legislature to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. After lawmakers failed to vote on the ballot initiative in November, Governor Mitt Romney sued the Commonwealth. In its opinion, the court wrote:We have …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Iraqi judges and lawyers Wednesday mulled over a potential constitutional complication in the wake of Tuesday's Iraqi High Tribunal appeals chamber affirmation of a death sentence against ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982. Under the Iraqi constitution, such a death sentence …

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by Leslie Schulman

In the latest corruption scandal involving Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian and his family, a Taiwanese court on Wednesday sentenced Chen son-in-law Chao Chien-min to six years in prison for insider trading. Chao Chien-min, who is married to Chen's daughter, was convicted of using insider information to earn $922,000 by purchasing shares of the …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has initiated a defamation lawsuit against a computer specialist believed to have included his name among a list of people falsely accused of accepting kickbacks to secret bank accounts from an arms deal. Sarkozy rival Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was questioned by …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The director of China’s State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) claimed Tuesday in an official report that corruption on the part of local government leaders has contributed to the rampant pollution found in many of China’s cities. SEPA Director Zhou Shengxian told the Standing Committee of the National People's …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Former US President Gerald R. Ford died Tuesday at the age of 93. A 1941 Yale Law School graduate who became GOP House Minority Leader during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, he eventually became Vice-President and then the 38th president of the United States in 1974, taking over after predecessor Richard …

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