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Legal news from Wednesday, March 28, 2007
by Leslie Schulman

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Tellabs v. Makor Issues & Rights, 06-484, where the Court must decide the extent to which shareholders bringing suit against a company must prove the company intended to deceive the public about its financial future. Tellabs, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Thousands of Polish citizens marched in Warsaw on Wednesday in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to enact a complete ban on abortion. The opposition Civic Platform party is expected to block passage of the amendment when it comes to a vote in April. Poland's current 1993 abortion law is considered among the strictest …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, who was suspended March 9 by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for alleged misconduct, told a crowd of 2,000 lawyers in Rawalpindi on Wednesday that judicial independence in Pakistan is under attack. Chaudhry said that judicial independence is guaranteed by the constitution …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday lashed out at the Georgian Republic for filing a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) alleging Russia violated the human rights of Georgian nationals during a deportation sweep last September. On Monday, Georgia lodged an application against Russia under the European Convention of Human …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Belgian authorities on Wednesday arrested three Italian nationals - a European Commission official in charge of delegation infrastructure, a personal assistant to an Italian member of the European Parliament, and a businessman - on corruption charges stemming from European public tenders to lease space and provide security for delegation buildings in Albania and India. A …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Zimbabwe police on Wednesday arrested opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and twenty staff members ahead of a press conference where Tsvangirai was expected to denounce police brutality that occurred during a crackdown on anti-government protesters earlier in March. Tsvangirai was released from police custody several hours later, according to a MDP official. Tsvangirari was previously arrested …

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by Brett Murphy

A Mexican special prosecutor's office designed to investigate past political crimes shut down on Tuesday without ever securing any convictions. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who created the department, decided to close it just before leaving office last year. That decision just took effect. All cases being pursued by the special office, including the case against former …

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by Brett Murphy

Texas Governor Rick Perry Tuesday signed into law a new so-called "shoot first" law, which allows state residents to use deadly force to respond to threats in their homes, cars, and at jobs. The bill, also known as a "stand your ground" law, was approved by large majorities in both houses of …

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by Brett Murphy

The president of Vietnam has signed a decree abolishing the power of the government to hold suspected national security threats without judicial hearings, a government official told AP Wednesday. Western officials have praised President Nguyen Minh Triet, who signed the decree last week, but some worry that it may change little for political dissenters in Vietnam. …

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