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Legal news from Thursday, January 10, 2008
by Nick Fiske

US District Court Judge Louise Wood Flanagan of the Eastern District of North Carolina Thursday sentenced two former Blackwater USA employees to three years probation for possession of stolen firearms in exchange for their continued cooperation with a Justice Department investigation into whether the private security firm was smuggling weapons into Iraq. In addition …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A US district judge ruled Thursday that the US cannot deport an Egyptian Christian who fled to the United States in 1998 to reportedly escape religious persecution because of the risk that he may face torture in Egypt. US District Judge Thomas Vanaskie of the Middle District of Pennsylvania rejected government …

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by Benjamin Klein

Bosnian authorities Thursday confiscated the travel documents of the wife, son, daughter and son-in-law of at-large war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic after High Representative and European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Miroslav Lajcak ordered their seizure Wednesday at the instance of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former …

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by Nick Fiske

Italy Thursday requested the extradition of 139 South Americans accused of kidnapping and murdering 25 Italian dissidents during Argentina's Dirty War in the 1970s and 80s. The suspects, including former Argentinian dictator Jorge Videla, former Uruguayan dictator Juan Bordaberry and others involved in military dictatorships in Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A court in Bangladesh Thursday sentenced former state minister for communications Salahuddin Ahmed to seven years in prison on corruption charges. Ahbed was arrested in February 2007 and found guilty of accepting a bribe for a business contract. The arrest comes one day after Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Prosecutors in the Georgian Republic charged media and financial tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili Thursday with conspiracy to overthrow the Georgian government. Patarkatsishvili allegedly offered a $100 million bribe to a senior police official if he would help him overthrow the government and kidnap the Georgian interior minister. Patarkatsishvili denied the charges and remains in self-imposed …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The conviction of US Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, the only commissioned officer charged in connection to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, has been annulled, his lawyer said Thursday. As convening authority in the case, Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe on Tuesday "disapproved" Jordan's August 2007 conviction …

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by Brett Murphy

The state of New York Thursday began a probe into alleged antitrust violations by computer chip giant Intel for possible anticompetitive practices directed at rival chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced the investigation into possible breaches of both state and federal law, saying that his office …

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by Brett Murphy

The Chicago City Council signed off Wednesday on a $19.8 million agreement to settle torture allegations by four former death row inmates against the Chicago police. Labeling the allegations a "black eye," city officials said that they hoped a settlement will help to mend relations between the community and the police, who allegedly committed acts of torture …

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by Brett Murphy

A federal judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri held Tuesday that the distribution of Bibles at elementary schools by religious organizations is unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment, ruling that a permanent injunction against the practice will be ordered on final judgment after related counts are resolved. A preliminary …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing over 100 court cases against landowners along the US-Mexico border who have refused to allow construction of a 670-mile border fence on their properties, DHS officials said Wednesday. DHS sent 135 letters to hold-out property owners last month threatening court action if they did not comply, …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Constitutional Court of Korea on Thursday approved a special investigation of South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak over fraud allegations relating to stock price-rigging by a former business partner. Lee, who takes office on February 25, is now subject to a 40-day investigation set to begin next week. The conservative former …

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by Jaime Jansen

Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the US CIA's clandestine branch who ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects, has told Congress that he will not testify about the videotapes without a grant of immunity, a lawyer for Rodriguez said Wednesday. The US House Select Committee on Intelligence last month subpoenaed Rodriguez …

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