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Legal news from Tuesday, September 11, 2007
by Leslie Schulman

The Korean Fair Trade Commission has completed a two-year investigation into allegations that computer chip maker Intel pressured consumers into buying its products over those made by rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), according to Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy Tuesday. Mulloy said the company had received a "statement of objection," which is a set …

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by Leslie Schulman

The trial of Rod Coronado, an environmental and animal rights activist charged with one count of distributing information on explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction, began in California Tuesday. Federal prosecutors say that in 2003 Coronado told an audience in San Diego how to start a fire using products commonly …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has asked President Hamid Karzai to veto a bill awaiting bicameral and presidential approval that would strip the Commission of the power to select its own commissioners, handing that power to parliament instead. Under the Afghanistan Constitution, AIHRC is an independently-run body. However, the …

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by Caitlin Price

Detained Iranian-American consultant Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh is expected to be released from a Tehran prison "within the next few days," according to comments from Tajbakhsh and those of an Iranian spokesman talking to journalists during a interview at the notorious Evin Prison Tuesday. Tajbakhsh and Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari …

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by Caitlin Price

Time magazine announced Tuesday that it plans to appeal an August 30 decision by the Supreme Court of Indonesia awarding former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto $106 million in damages in Suharto’s defamation suit against the publication. Suharto sued Time over a 1999 article that said Suharto had hidden …

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by Caitlin Price

New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan declined Monday to file criminal charges against a local nursing home for the death of 19 elderly residents during post-Hurricane Katrina flooding. During the hurricane, nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Family, who operated the Lafon Nursing Home, decided evacuation posed a greater risk to …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A Florida Fifth Judicial Circuit judge ruled Monday that the December 2006 execution of Angel Diaz was not "botched," as previously alleged by a medical examiner. According to autopsy reports, Diaz endured a 34-minute-long lethal injection that required a second injection after needles were improperly inserted into his arm. In …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the death sentence of Stevie Lamar Fields Monday, ruling that a jury foreman's reliance on Biblical scripture had no "substantial and injurious effect" on the jury's sentencing decision. The court ruled 9-6 against Fields' habeas appeal. Fields was convicted of rape, kidnapping, robbery, and …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Ousted Philippines president Joseph Estrada maintained his innocence Tuesday and predicted he will be acquitted of corruption charges when the verdict in his six-year trial is handed down Wednesday. Estrada was removed from power in a 2001 revolt that brought his former vice president, current Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to power. He has …

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by James M Yoch Jr

French Justice Minister Rachida Dati engaged in emergency discussions with senior members of the French judiciary on Monday to prevent a threatened judges' revolt. Objections have been raised to what some regard as the authoritarian style the controversial politician has adopted since her appointment by new French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official …

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by Michael Sung

A lawyer for US Marine First Lt. Andrew Grayson, an intelligence officer accused of mishandling an investigation into the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha, said Monday that Grayson has rejected a plea offer from military prosecutors requiring him to admit attempting to cover up the killings in exchange for prosecutors dropping all …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Dutch government has invited UN representatives to discuss final arrangements for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon it has agreed to host to try suspects for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said Monday in a letter to the …

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by Jaime Jansen

Brandon Mayfield, the Oregon attorney arrested and detained for two weeks in May 2004 after the FBI mistakenly concluded that his fingerprints matched those found on a bag containing detonators used in the 2004 Madrid train bombings argued Monday that provisions of the USA Patriot Act [JURIST …

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by Jaime Jansen

Lawyers for former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif filed an appeal of Sharif's Monday deportation to Saudi Arabia with the Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday, asking the court to hold the Pakistani government in contempt for violating an August Supreme Court ruling that Sharif had an "inalienable right to enter and remain in …

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