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Legal news from Monday, January 14, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

A French court Monday froze bank accounts belonging to several Russian state organizations including the Central Bank of Russia, the Russian Finance Ministry, the presidential administration's foreign property arm, the Russian Energy Ministry, state arms monopoly Rosoboronexport, and the government news service RIA Novosti. The …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied without comment a petition for certiorari filed in Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs v. von Eschenbach (07-444), a case challenging the constitutionality of the government's ability to deny terminally ill patients access to medications that have yet to receive full …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A report issued Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) criticized efforts by the Bush administration to prepare for a potential bird flu pandemic by relying on a law enforcement/national security approach rather than a public health approach. The report, authored by three professors, cautioned that the administration's current pandemic response plans …

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by Caitlin Price

New International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz does not plan to amend his predecessor's tough stance on Serbian cooperation, Reuters reported an ICTY spokeswoman as saying Monday. Former chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte long criticized Serbia for its seeming reluctance to cooperate with the ICTY; …

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by Alexis Unkovic

French prosecutors Monday urged a criminal court in Creteil, a suburb of Paris, to convert the sentences of six French aid workers convicted and sentenced in Chad for their role in the attempted airlift of 103 supposed Darfur orphans to France from eight years of hard labor to eight years in prison. …

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by Caitlin Price

A former defense lawyer for German Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison Monday after being convicted of incitement and insulting the court during Zundel's original trial in 2005. Throughout Zundel's trial, Sylvia Stolz repeatedly denied the Holocaust, described Jews as "enemy people," distributed a …

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by Caitlin Price

The European Commission (EC) Monday announced formal investigations into two new allegations that Microsoft has abused its dominant market position regarding a range of Internet and operating system software. The EC will look into charges that Microsoft violated Article 82 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community, which covers market sharing …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the US military have installed a video teleconferencing system at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan to allow detainees held at the base to speak with loved ones, the ICRC said Monday. The system is available to all detainees at the Bagram facility, some of whom …

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by Michael Sung

Lawyers and activists from 38 Asian Pacific countries meeting Monday at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Environmental Justice and Enforcement in Bangkok, Thailand, criticized lax enforcement of environmental laws throughout Asia, saying that governments have ignored enforcement in favor of promoting economic development. Attending environmental lawyers also blamed corruption and ignorance for hampering anti-pollution efforts, noting that …

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by Michael Sung

Two Russian offices of the British Council in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg resumed operations Monday, defying a shutdown order from the Russian government. Russian authorities say that the Council has violated Russian tax laws; the Council, a non-departmental public body that promotes UK culture abroad, has insisted that it is an arm of the British …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A judge on Iraq's federal court of appeal was assassinated by gunmen Monday morning on his way to work in the western Baghdad district of Mansour. Amir Jawdat al-Naeib was also a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, the body which administers judicial affairs in Iraq. AP has more. Voices of Iraq has local coverage. The Judicial Council said …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with reporters Sunday that the US facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba should be closed. Mullen, who was confirmed by the Senate as Chairman in August, said Guantanamo has damaged the international reputation of …

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