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Legal news from Monday, March 17, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Philippines v. Pimentel, 06-1204, where the Court considered whether some 9,000 plaintiffs seeking to recover assets held by former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos can be awarded assets claimed by the government of the Philippines. …

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by David Frueh

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Monday ordered that former Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio should be retried before a new federal judge. Nacchio had appealed his April 2007 insider trading conviction for selling $52 million of Qwest stock in 2001. The court found that US …

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by David Frueh

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court decision blocking a Minnesota law imposing fines on minors who purchase adult-rated video games. A US district judge had blocked the law that would impose a $25 fine on people under 17 found buying or renting …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Pakistani lawyers will hold nationwide protests if the reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan, now packed with judges loyal to President Pervez Musharraf, tries to prevent a parliamentary reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and other superior court judges Musharraf ousted last year, Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan [PILDAT profile; JURIST news …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda asked Peruvian President Alan Garcia during talks in Tokyo Monday to ensure that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is treated fairly during his ongoing trial on murder and kidnapping charges, which stem from the military killings of 25 people in 1991 and 1992. In response, Garcia said …

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by Alexis Unkovic

An Australian parliamentarian Monday introduced a bill in the Parliament of Australia that would call for the appointment of an independent reviewer to evaluate Australia's counterterrorism laws. Petro Georgiou of the Liberal Party noted that more than 30 counterterrorism measures have been introduced in Australia in the wake of …

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by Caitlin Price

Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers sharply criticized Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in a Monday address to the Indian Supreme Court and its bar, saying that Musharraf's ouster of Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and other superior court judges in November after …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear eight cases, including FCC v. Fox Television Stations (07-582) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], where the Court will review a June 2007 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit which vacated a determination …

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by Caitlin Price

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Monday upheld a July 2007 decision refusing to grant medical release to jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour. The court reportedly held that Nour, who suffers from heart disease and diabetes, can receive adequate medical treatment in prison and that his health is therefore not in danger. Nour …

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by Caitlin Price

The violence that wracked Kenya after the nation's disputed 2007 presidential election was carefully organized by "local leaders, politicians, and businessmen from all sides," according to a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch. Based on over 200 interviews with witnesses and perpetrators of the violence, the report found that attacks …

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by Michael Sung

The human rights situation in Iraq is "disastrous" five years after the US-led invasion of the country, according to a report from Amnesty International released Monday. According to the report's introduction:Five years after the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussain, Iraq is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Hundreds of …

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by Michael Sung

The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Monday said it will decide whether to consider a bid to disband the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) within ten days, adding that the court is in the process of appointing a rapporteur to investigate the case. Chief prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya [official profile, in …

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by Michael Sung

Exiled Tibetan spiritual and political leader Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama on Sunday accused China of committing "cultural genocide" in Tibet, and said he will not call for an end to ongoing protests in the region. He reiterated the right of Tibetans to protest peacefully and urged that an international …

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by Brett Murphy

Newly elected members of the National Assembly of Pakistan took their oaths of office Monday, marking a shift in power to a new majority opposed to Pakistani President Pervez Musharaf. Though neither party won an outright majority in February's parliamentary elections, the Pakistan People's Party and Pakistan Muslim League have …

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by Brett Murphy

Three former police officers have been convicted and sentenced to jail by a Ukrainian court for their roles in carrying out the murder of prominent Ukraine opposition journalist Heorhiy Gongadze. Mykola Protasov was sentenced Saturday to 13 years, while Valeriy Kostenko and Oleksandr Popovych each received a 12-year sentence. The trial of the former police officers began …

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