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Legal news from Saturday, January 13, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

An Italian military court Saturday convicted 10 former SS soldiers and acquitted 7 others in the 1944 killing of more than 700 people in Marzabotto, a small town in nothern Iraly. The slaughter, which took place south of Bologna, is considered the worst killing of civilians in Italy during World War II. All …

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by JURIST Staff

Bangladeshi authorities said Saturday they had arrested over 2500 people and raided the homes of several political leaders in a crackdown following Friday's swearing-in of a new interim government facing ongoing civil unrest ahead of elections. A national poll had been scheduled for January 22, but earlier this week Bangladeshi president Iajuddin Ahmed deferred …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The US Attorney's office in San Francisco said Friday it is conducting a criminal probe into the option backdating practices of Apple Inc., and specifically an option grant given to CEO Steve Jobs in 2001 which was considered one of the largest option packages in corporate history, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Apple originally claimed …

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by Michael Sung

Somalia's transitional parliament voted Saturday to authorize the government to declare martial law in the troubled east African country. The authorization and the accompanying declaration of a state of emergency followed Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi's Thursday call for the parliament to declare three months of martial law in hopes of reestablishing order following the …

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by Michael Sung

China and Russia Friday vetoed a proposed UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to political repression and human rights violations in Myanmar. The resolution was jointly sponsored by the United States and Great Britain, but was blocked by the other two major powers on the grounds that it was outside …

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by JURIST Staff

President Bush Friday signed into law new federal legislation seeking to protect traditional, wireless, and internet phone calling consumers by preventing phone companies from selling their private phone records without customer authorization and criminalizing attempts to obtain those fraudulently. The Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006 passed the Senate in December …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia Friday granted a motion for dismissal made by the New York Times in a defamation suit filed against the paper by Dr. Stephen J. Hatfill, a former US Army germ-warfare researcher who was named a "person of interest" by the FBI [JURIST news …

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