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Legal news from Thursday, September 20, 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

Federal prosecutors on Thursday handed down an indictment accusing Milberg Weiss name partner Melvyn Weiss of conspiracy, racketeering, obstruction of justice and making false statements. The indictment stems from a long-running US Attorney investigation into allegations that Milberg Weiss paid up to $11.3 million in illegal kickbacks since 1984 to individuals to serve as lead …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Zimbabwean Parliament unanimously passed amendments to the Zimbabwean constitution Thursday that essentially give President Robert Mugabe the authority to appoint his successor. Both Mugabe's ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change, ultimately supported the measures with all …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu has been charged by federal prosecutors in New York with fraud for alleged campaign finance law violations, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday. Hsu allegedly created a massive Ponzi scheme, resulting in more than $60 million of illicit gains, and illegally made campaign contributions …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Former federal judge and US Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey will forbid US Department of Justice (DOJ) employees from discussing sensitive cases with outside agencies if he is confirmed as attorney general, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Thursday. In a private meeting with Leahy, Mukasey reportedly assured Leahy …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Private security contractors operating in Iraq work largely above the law due to legal loopholes, according to a Thursday New York Times report on the aftermath of Sunday's shooting death of at least eight Iraqi civilians at the hands of private security contractor Blackwater USA. The Iraqi Interior Ministry withdrew Blackwater's operating license in …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A federal judge ruled Thursday that two New Jersey students can protest against a school uniform policy by wearing buttons that depict uniform-clad Hitler Youth. Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. of the District of New Jersey relied on the 1969 Supreme Court decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A Canadian environmental advocacy group has sued the Canadian government over the 2007 Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, alleging that the government's current compliance plan for the 2005 Kyoto Protocol does not meet the act's minimum requirements. The application for judicial review, filed by Friends of the Earth Canada, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A display featuring the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse passes constitutional muster because it does not promote religion, a federal judge held in a ruling released Wednesday. Judge Karl Forester of the Eastern District Court of Kentucky ruled against a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky, finding …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea has expressed his desire to cooperate fully with the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the court established to try former Khmer Rouge leaders, an ECCC judge told the press Wednesday. You Bunleng, a Cambodian investigating judge of the ECCC, told Reuters that Chea …

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by Joshua Pantesco

France's National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, passed a new immigration bill aimed at increasing the ratio of skilled to unskilled immigrants entering France by a 91-45 vote Thursday. The bill has sparked controversy, both in France and abroad, for a provision that permits officials …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Iran released on bail Iranian-American consultant Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh from prison Wednesday, according to IRNA, the official Iranian news agency. Tajbakhsh, employed by the Open Society Institute, will not be allowed to leave Iran without judicial approval. Tajbakhsh and Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari were arrested in …

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by Brett Murphy

The UN on Wednesday again rejected Taiwan's 15th bid for UN membership, as a UN committee balked at placing the issue on the General Assembly's agenda. Taiwan, which officially refers to itself as the Republic of China (ROC), was kicked out of the UN in 1971 by General Assembly Resolution 2758 and replaced by the …

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