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Legal news from Tuesday, August 28, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Department of Defense will send an investigative team headed by Pentagon Inspector General Claude M. Kicklighter to Iraq to probe allegations of fraud and corruption related to military contracts, a DOD spokesman said Tuesday. The team will concentrate on incongruities concerning weapons and supplies bought by the US and intended for the use …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Russia has not yet received any evidence from Britain with which to prosecute Andrei Lugovoy, the primary suspect in the November 2006 murder of British citizen and former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko, the chief of the investigating committee at the General Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday. In an interview …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The government of Pakistan has reiterated its refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the wake of its latest test of a nuclear-capable missile, saying that nuclear arms are vital to a stable balance of power, according to Tuesday reports. Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said that …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Abdullah Gul was sworn in as Turkey's new president Tuesday after winning a majority of votes in the Turkish parliament's third round of voting on his candidacy. Gul, supported by the Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) who had been serving as Turkey's foreign minster, pledged to uphold Turkey's secularist traditions. The Turkish …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan was acquitted by a military jury Tuesday of failing to control soldiers under his command who abused detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. He was convicted, however, of disobeying an order not to discuss the investigation into abuse allegations. Jordan was the second highest intelligence …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Russian authorities have charged at least four of the 10 suspects arrested Monday in connection with last October's killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a defense lawyer told reporters Tuesday. A spokesman from the office of Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika has thus far declined to …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Tuesday ordered former Wal-Mart vice chairman Tom Coughlin to face a new sentencing hearing, holding that his sentence was too lenient and improperly departed from the punishment prescribed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Coughlin was sentenced to five years probation [JURIST …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Manhattan federal judge Monday overturned a federal bankruptcy court's highly-controversial decision in the Enron case, ruling that holders of claims against a bankrupt company should have their claims extinguished if they purchased them from a seller who used "inequitable conduct." US District Judge Shira Scheindlin found that federal bankruptcy rules were only intended to extinguish …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A US magistrate judge for the Southern District of Florida issued a ruling Tuesday recommending that the US Department of State extradite former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France when he is released from federal prison on September 9, 2007. Noriega is charged in France with …

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by Jaime Jansen

Senior judges on the UK Council of HM Circuit Judges have warned UK lawmakers that the judiciary may balk at a plan to add new control orders to a draft criminal justice and immigration bill, the Guardian reported Tuesday. Lawmakers have proposed adding a violent offender order, which would impose …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Bangladesh Supreme Court has overturned a court order granting bail to former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, ruling Monday that she should remain in prison as she awaits trial on extortion charges. Earlier this month, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court ruled Hasina could be detained and prosecuted under emergency …

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by Jaime Jansen

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released its first major report on racism and inequality in the European Union Tuesday, finding ethnic discrimination in employment, housing and education, as well as an increase in racist violence in many member states. Of the 11 reporting member states, racist …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Yahoo! filed a motion in federal court in California Monday seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the Internet giant aided and abetted human rights violations committed by the Chinese government by providing Chinese officials with information, including e-mail records and user ID numbers, that helped them to identify pro-democracy activists. Yahoo! …

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by Jaime Jansen

Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black filed a motion Monday requesting either a new trial or acquittal after his conviction on mail fraud and obstruction of justice charges in July. In the motion, Black's lawyers questioned the credibility of some trial witnesses, including Black's long-time business partner F. David Radler. …

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