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Legal news from Saturday, September 15, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

New York Times researcher Zhao Yan was released as anticipated from a Chinese prison early Saturday after serving three years for fraud. He was reunited with his family and thanked those who had worked for his release. Zhao was formally indicted in December 2005 after a 2004 New York Times report …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A former official in the Chechen government has been arrested in connection with the murder of Russian journalist and rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, Russian media reported Saturday. The Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid reported that Shamil Burayev, a one-time district head in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, had been arrested by police Thursday and is …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Alberto Gonzales bade farewell to public service Friday, officially leaving the US Justice Department after a stormy 2 1/2 years as Attorney General. Gonzales resigned late last month in the midst of controversy surrounding the firings of several US Attorneys and subsequent allegations that he may have perjured himself in testimony on …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

President Bush Friday signed what he described as a "minimal" ethics reform bill designed to force lawmakers to disclose pet projects and divulge more details about campaign contributions. The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 was passed last month in the Senate after being approved in the House in late July. …

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