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Legal news from Saturday, September 15, 2007
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] New York Times researcher Zhao Yan [JURIST news archive] was released as anticipated [JURIST report] 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 [JURIST report] in [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] A former official in the Chechen government has been arrested in connection with the murder of Russian journalist and rights activist Anna Politkovskaya [JURIST news archive], Russian media reported Saturday. The Komsomolskaya Pravda [media website] tabloid reported that Shamil Burayev, a one-time district head in the southern Russian republic [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive] bade farewell to public service Friday, officially leaving the US Justice Department [official website] after a stormy 2 1/2 years as Attorney General. Gonzales resigned [JURIST report] late last month in the midst of controversy surrounding the firings of several US Attorneys and subsequent [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Friday signed what he described as a "minimal" ethics reform bill [press release] designed to force lawmakers to disclose pet projects and divulge more details about campaign contributions. The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 [PDF text] was passed last month in the Senate after [read more]

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