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Legal news from Saturday, June 16, 2007
by Michael Sung

Vietnamese state media Saturday reported the release of 36-year-old lawyer and political dissident Le Quoc Quan, the second pro-democracy dissident released by the Vietnamese government ahead of President Nguyen Minh Tribet's June visit to the United States. Quan, who has detained since March 8, was charged with violating Article 88 of the Vietnamese criminal code, which prohibits …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge William M. Acker Jr. of the Northern District of Alabama Friday asked federal prosecutors to charge prominent Mississippi plaintiff's attorney Richard Scruggs with criminal contempt, saying that Scruggs "willfully violated" a preliminary injunction ordering Scruggs to turn over all documents secretly copied by two whistleblowers who allege that State Farm Insurance Co. and claims adjusting firm …

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by Michael Sung

The US District Court for the District of Colombia Friday ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to release approximately 100,000 pages of documents detailing the FBI's use of national security letters (NSL) pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) …

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by Michael Sung

Mike Elston, chief of staff to US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, announced his resignation Friday, making him the fifth Department of Justice (DOJ) official linked to the controversial firing of at least eight US Attorneys to resign. Elston, whose resignation becomes effective at the end of next week, is accused …

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