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Legal news from Monday, October 1, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

Four doctors and a New Jersey pharmaceutical company were acquitted Monday of all criminal charges surrounding the dissemination of a tainted blood clotting product in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s, a public health disaster that infected more than 20,000 people with hepatitis C and more than 1,000 people with HIV. Ontario Superior Court Justice Mary Lou Benotto [OBA …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Monday that it would send a team of investigators to Iraq to study the circumstances surrounding a September shooting incident involving employees of the privately contracted security firm Blackwater USA that left 11 Iraqi civilians dead. According to the FBI, the US State Department has asked it …

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by Leslie Schulman

The trial of controversial al-Dustour editor Ibrahim Eissa [al-Ahram profile] on charges of allegedly spreading "rumors" about the health of Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak in an August newspaper report began in Cairo Monday. Eissa chose not to appear for the beginning of his trial, but told reporters that "he whole political society feels the danger …

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by Leslie Schulman

A new law protecting private property in China took effect Monday, after it was approved by the Chinese National People's Congress in March. Chinese lawmakers considered the bill for over 13 years and it underwent multiple drafts before legislators agreed on a final version. The law grants equal protections to both public and …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Board of Education of the City of New York v. Tom F., 06-637, in which the Court considered whether the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) allows tuition reimbursement to the parents of a disabled student …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has confirmed its ruling that a Polish woman's rights were violated when she was denied an abortion based on medical concerns that the pregnancy may cause her to go blind. Alicja Tysiac suffered a retinal hemorrhage after delivering her child by cesarean section in November 2000. The ECHR ruled in …

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by Brett Murphy

Israel released 57 Palestinian detainees Monday in a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, just days before a planned peace conference sponsored by the US. Last week, the Israeli cabinet approved the release of 90 Palestinians, the remainder of whom currently remain in detention due to procedural delays.Monday's prisoner …

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by Brett Murphy

Houston oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his involvement in the Iraq Oil-for-Food scandal. Wyatt pleaded guilty to only one of five charges against him for his alleged payment of millions of dollars in bribes in return for oil contracts in Iraq. Wyatt …

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by Leslie Schulman

The US Supreme Court Monday turned back a number of cases brought before it for review, including the appeal of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan challenging the constitutionality of the military commission system. Hamdan was allegedly a driver for Osama bin Laden before his capture and incarceration at …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A new law criminalizing the incitement of religious hatred came into effect [press release Monday in England and Wales. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act makes intentionally stirring up hatred against people on religious grounds punishable by a jail sentence of up to seven years. Previously, certain religious groups also deemed to be ethnic designations, such as Jews …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A Chinese dissident writer has been formally arrested in Hangzhou on charges of "inciting subversion of power," advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said Sunday. Lu Gengsong was initially detained on August 24 on suspicion of subverting state power and illegal possession of state secrets but the second charge was dropped. Human Rights in China had …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Eight more detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay, the US Defense Department said Sunday. According to the DOD announcement, six detainees were transferred to Afghanistan, one was transferred to Libya and one to Yemen. The names of the eight men were not released nor was the reason for their detention. A Yemeni newspaper reported on Sunday …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court begins its fall term Monday with oral arguments in cases concerning the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the state of Washington's primary election system. Among the high-profile cases the Court will consider during October Term 2007 is Boumediene v. Bush, consolidated …

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by Jaime Jansen

Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry and the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday ordered three Islamabad law enforcement officials to be suspended over Saturday's crackdown on lawyers and journalists protesting the reelection bid of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf outside the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Interior Secretary …

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by Jaime Jansen

Unofficial results of Constituent Assembly elections in Ecuador on Sunday give the ruling coalition led by President Rafael Correa a landslide victory. Though Correa claimed an immediate victory, opposition leader Gilmar Gutierrez said he will refuse to accept a leftist victory until the Supreme Electoral Tribunal …

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by Jaime Jansen

Bangladeshi property tycoon Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and his family were convicted in absentia by Bangladesh's anti-corruption commission of evading taxes amounting to $1.2 million and sentenced to five years in jail Sunday. Sobhan, chairman of property conglomerate Bashundara Group, left Bangladesh when the government listed him as one of the country's 50 most corrupt …

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