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Legal news from Tuesday, August 14, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Defense lawyers for Jose Padilla said in closing arguments Tuesday that the government had failed to prove its case against their client, saying that Padilla had traveled overseas to study Arabic and not to engage in terrorism as argued by prosecutors. Closing arguments began Monday, with federal prosecutors urging jurors to convict Padilla and …

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by Michael Sung

A German state administrative court affirmed a ban on religious headscarves in the federal district of North Rhine-Westphalia Tuesday, rejecting a teacher's argument that her headscarf was merely a "fashion accessory" and ruling that it was a symbol of her religious belief. In June, the same court upheld the ban, saying that …

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by Michael Sung

A Bangladeshi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to seven years for extortion and three years for manipulating elections. The defendants, twelve of whom were convicted in absentia, include BNP party workers, leaders, and a former lawmaker; they will each serve seven years as the sentences will run concurrently. BNP leader …

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by Michael Sung

Disagreements and rivalries between the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have hampered terror investigations, according to a report released Monday by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). The report, compiled by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, found that the agencies have not …

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by Michael Sung

Former Taiwanese opposition party leader Ma Ying-jeou was acquitted of corruption and accounting fraud charges by the Taipei District Court Tuesday. The court ruled that there was no evidence that Ma had misappropriated a special discretionary expense fund for his personal use during his term …

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by Michael Sung

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is working to complete new guidelines limiting how federal courts can review state-issued death sentences, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The guidelines will implement a provision included in the 2006 renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act, which gives the US attorney general the authority to review …

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by Michael Sung

The United States has asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish a "dispute settlement panel" in its case against China for alleged lax enforcement of copyright and trademark violations, the Office of the US Trade Representative announced Monday. The request came after the US and China failed to …

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by Michael Sung

Thai Supreme Court Judge Tonglor Choam-ngam issued arrest warrants Tuesday for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojamarn, saying that the court had reason to believe that couple are "evading prosecution" by remaining in exile. Thaksin and Pojamarn are accused of abuse of power for personal gain, conflict of …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Monday ordered five reporters to testify about government sources who provided them information about former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Seteven J. Hatfill, who was identified as a "person of interest" in the investigations of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Walton rejected arguments from the reporters …

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