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Legal news from Monday, January 28, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

US President George W. Bush said in Monday evening's State of Union address that he would issue an executive order Tuesday directing the federal government to ignore any future earmarks included in legislation that are not explicitly voted on by Congress, and that if Congress does not reduce the level of earmarks …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Alleged French "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel was released on bail Monday after French judges filed preliminary charges of "breach of trust," "falsifying and using falsified documents," and "breaching IT access codes" against him relating to $73 billion worth of unauthorized trades he made while working for French bank Societe Generale. The judges refused a request …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Monday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to prevent Cuyahoga County, Ohio from conducting any election using a paper balloting system. The motion comes in a lawsuit filed earlier this month against …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US District Judge Andrew Hanen of the US Southern District of Texas Monday released a Friday order directing 10 property owners in Cameron County, Texas to provide the federal government access to their land for 180 days so it can begin surveying for a 670-mile fence along the US-Mexico border. The federal …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled Monday that Arizona residents should be able to purchase specialty license plates bearing the slogan "Choose Life." The Ninth Circuit held that the Arizona License Plate Commission violated the First Amendment free speech rights of the Arizona Life Coalition when it refused …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court for the District of Columbia sentenced Colombian rebel Ricardo Palmera to 60 years in prison Monday for his role in a hostage-taking conspiracy involving three American citizens in Colombia. Palmera, aka Simon Trinidad, is a senior member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of …

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by Caitlin Price

UN Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa Monday opened a week-long UN anti-corruption conference in Bali with a plea that nations take serious steps to enforce the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Costa warned that efforts to recover stolen national assets are being hindered in many …

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by Caitlin Price

A French bill aimed at reducing violent crimes committed by repeat offenders violates international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday. The proposed law, sponsored by the administration of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, would allow three judges to decide whether a convicted violent offender is still dangerous. After a multi-disciplinary panel, …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Bush administration warned Democratic leaders over the weekend that US President George W. Bush will veto any attempt to extend the temporary Protect America Act [S-1927 materials; JURIST report] beyond its February 1 expiration date that does not include liability protection for telecom companies, according to the Washington Post Sunday. The Protect Act, enacted as a stopgap while …

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by Michael Sung

A Turkish court on Monday sentenced political science professor Atilla Yayla Monday for "insulting the legacy" of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Yayla was charged last March after suggesting in a November 2006 speech that Ataturk's regime from 1925 to 1945 was not as progressive as suggested by official Turkish literature. Yayla's lawyers say they …

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by Joshua Pantesco

French prosecutors asked a judge to file preliminary charges on Monday against alleged "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel in connection with what is being called the largest bank fraud in history. Prosecutors asked for preliminary charges of forgery, breach of trust, and fraud against Kerviel, who turned himself in on Saturday and denies any wrongdoing. Societe …

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by Michael Sung

The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Omri Sharon to reduce his seven-month prison sentence, saying that it found no reason to lighten Sharon's sentence after a lower court reduced his sentence from nine months for good behavior. Sharon, who will begin serving his sentence on February …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Several prominent Indonesian lawyers told AFP on Monday that a civil corruption case against former Indonesian President Haji Mohammed Suharto could continue after Suharto's death on Sunday. Suharto, who ruled Indonesia as President from 1967 to 1998, was sued by the government on charges that he embezzled $440 million from the Yayasan …

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by Michael Sung

A French criminal court on Monday sentenced six French aid workers, convicted in Chad for attempting to kidnap 103 African children, to eight years in French prison, agreeing with French prosecutors' recommendations to convert their sentences handed down by a court in Chad. The six were originally sentenced to eight years of hard labor in …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A Malaysian opposition leader released the third part of a video Monday that allegedly shows prominent Malaysian lawyer VK Lingam admitting to having bribed former Chief Justice Dzaiddin Abdullah. Abdullah was Chief Justice from 2000 to 2003. According to a press release from opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim accompanying the video, Lingam is quoted as …

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