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Legal news from Thursday, July 19, 2007
by Leslie Schulman

US District Judge Amy St. Eve ruled in Chicago Thursday that Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black will not have to await his November 30 sentencing in jail. St. Eve nonetheless put restrictions on Black's mobility, holding that in the interim he will only be allowed to travel to Chicago or to …

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by Leslie Schulman

US District Judge John Bates Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against members of the Bush administration brought by Valerie Plame, the former CIA operative whose disclosed identity precipitated the 2003 CIA leak scandal, ruling that the court lacked jurisdiction over her tort claim. Bates said that relief for Plame's claim was only …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

UK parliamentarians on the Constitutional Affairs Committee called Thursday for reforms to the role of the Attorney General for England and Wales, saying conflicts between political and legal aspects of the position make it "not sustainable". The MPs cited the conflicts as the reason for the controversial dropping of a Serious Fraud Office …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Russia expelled four British diplomats and suspended counter-terrorism cooperation with the UK Thursday in response to Monday's expulsion of four Russian diplomats from the UK in protest over Russia's refusal to extradite Russian citizen Andrei Lugovoy for the poisoning-murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Thursday sentenced three former leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council to at least 45 years of imprisonment each. Brima Bazzy Kamara was sentenced to serve 45 years, while Alex Tamba Brima and Santigie Borbor Kanu were each sentenced to 50 …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday ruled against Russia in the case of a former KGB agent who was detained under conditions that the court said "amounted to degrading treatment". The ex-agent, Mikhail Trepashkin, was arrested in 2003 on charges of illegally possessing a gun, days before he …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Counsel for suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Thursday asked the judge's former colleagues to reinstate him or else risk further destabilizing the country. Lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan added that the court's decision, expected Friday, must be clear. Several protests against Chaudhry's suspension have resulted in injuries and …

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by Michael Sung

Former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra filed a lawsuit Thursday against Thailand's Assets Examination Committee (AEC) for its seizure of Thaksin's family assets, demanding that the AEC terminate its freeze of approximately $2.1 billion in assets and seeking an additional $1.7 billion in compensation. AEC chairman Nam Yumyaem expressed indifference …

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by Michael Sung

Sunni members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives ended a lengthy boycott of parliamentary sessions Thursday, after agreeing to a secret deal with Shi'a political parties that will reinstate Sunni lawmaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani as speaker of the Council of Representatives. According to an aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, …

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by Michael Sung

European Court of Justice Advocate General Juliane Kokott told the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in an advisory opinion Wednesday that European Union (EU) governments should resist disclosing internet user information sought by copyright industry groups for civil lawsuits. Kokott's opinion stems from a lawsuit filed by Promusicae, a Spanish …

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by Michael Sung

The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday acquitted former Bosnian Serb interior minister and later justice minister Momcilo Mandic of all charges against him, including war crimes against civilians and crimes against humanity. The charges were related to abuses at detention facilities …

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by Michael Sung

The military government of Myanmar reconvened negotiations on a new constitution Wednesday, saying the latest talks will be the final session in completing a drafting process that began 14 years ago. The government says that the enactment of a new constitution will be the first part of a seven-step transition to democracy, with …

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by Michael Sung

A Japanese court sentenced high-profile fund manager and founder of M&A Consulting Yoshiaki Murakami to two years in prison and imposed fines and penalties totaling approximately 1.153 billion yen (approximately $9.5 million) Thursday for insider trading of Nippon Broadcasting Systems Inc. (JOLF) stocks ahead of a corporate takeover that prosecutors said netted approximately …

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by Michael Sung

French investigating magistrates questioned former President Jacques Chirac in their probe of an alleged corruption scheme during Chirac's tenure as the mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, judiciary officials confirmed Thursday. Chirac, who is being questioned as a material witness, allegedly financed the Rally for the Republic (RPR), now renamed …

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by Michael Sung

The Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) Thursday announced that charges of premeditated murder have been laid against US Army Sergeant 1st Class Trey A. Corrales and Specialist Christopher P. Shore. The two soldiers are accused of killing an unspecified "Iraqi national" on or about June 23, 2007 near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The MNF-I …

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by Michael Sung

US Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Wednesday took the unusual step of sending Attorney General Alberto Gonzales a letter listing 12 written questions that Leahy hopes Gonzales will be prepared to address when he appears before the Judiciary Committee on July 24. Leahy said he provided the …

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