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Legal news from Friday, April 20, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

The US House of Representatives voted Friday to provide shareholders with an advisory vote on executive compensation, noting that in the last 15 years, compensation of Fortune 500 CEOs has moved from 140 times that of the average employee to over 500 times. The bill only had minimal Republican support, passing 269-134 …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont announced Friday that the Thai government may grant amnesty to Islamic insurgents, but that it still supports Buddhists who have armed themselves for protection. Surayud, who replaced former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra after a bloodless coup last year, promised to …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The government of Japan said Friday in two statements [1, 2 - text, in Japanese] that it accepted the 1948 rulings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East that found Japanese soldiers had coerced women into prostitution, possibly signalling a new course on the sensitive subject of "comfort women" [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Office of the New York Attorney General Thursday sent notice of its intent to sue Drexel University for accepting payments from student loan lender Education Finance Partners (EFP) based on the amount of money the private lender loaned to Drexel students. According to NY AG Andrew Cuomo, Drexel …

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by JURIST Staff

Four Bosnian Serbs who went on an "illegal military operation" during the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995 went on trial Friday before the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. The indictment alleges that the men, two of whom are former military policemen, helped confine …

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by Lisl Brunner

The Romanian Constitutional Court Friday upheld the suspension of President Traian Basescu and designated Senate President Nicolae Vacaroiu as the country's interim leader. On Thursday, the Romanian Parliament voted 322-108 to suspend Basescu, alleging that he violated the constitution by overriding the Cabinet and criticizing the judiciary. Prime …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Several Internet privacy groups filed a joint complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Friday concerning the merger of search engine Google with advertising provider DoubleClick. The groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the US Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG) [advocacy …

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by Lisl Brunner

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that the United Kingdom does not need to hold a referendum to approve a new treaty to replace the failed European Constitution. Earlier this week, Blair joined Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende in advocating amendments to current EU treaties rather than reviving …

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by David Shucosky

Video game publisher Take-Two Interactive reached a settlement on Thursday with anti-game activist lawyer Jack Thompson. Take-Two agreed to drop a contempt of court charge against Thompson stemming from a prior legal battle [GamePolitics.com report] over the video game Bully. Thompson had strong words for the judge following his unsuccessful attempt last October to get …

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by Lisl Brunner

Two US lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to prohibit the government from interfering with a woman's right to have an abortion following the Wednesday's US Supreme Court decision upholding a federal ban on "partial-birth" abortions. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) announced the reintroduction of the Freedom of Choice Act, which …

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by Michael Sung

Iraq's growing use of the death penalty since its reinstatement in 2004 has given the country the fourth-highest execution rate in the world - surpassed only by China, Iran, and Pakistan - according to a report released Friday by Amnesty International. According to the report, more than 270 people have been sentenced to …

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by Michael Sung

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a federal lawsuit against the US Department of Justice Thursday, seeking the disclosure and release of DOJ records in accordance with the DNC's March 19, 2007 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request involving the controversial firing of eight US attorneys. The complaint …

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by Michael Sung

Former Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio was convicted Thursday by a federal jury on 19 of 42 counts of insider trading. Nacchio illegally sold 1.33 million shares valued at $52 million dollars in conjunction with the Denver-based telephone service provider's accounting scandal between April 26 and May 29, 2001. Nacchio faces a maximum sentence …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The US House of Representatives passed the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (HR 1905) Thursday, which could increase official House membership for the first time since 1960. The bill, which passed 241-177, would make the District of Columbia a congressional district with full voting rights in the House, and …

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