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Legal news from Monday, March 24, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Riley v. Kennedy, 07-77, a voting rights case where the Court is considering whether the state of Alabama and Alabama Governor Bob Riley must seek federal government approval in order to appoint a Republican to a vacant county …

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by David Frueh

The Tagansky District Court in Moscow on Monday sentenced seven members of the banned National Bolshevik Party to prison for "armed hooliganism." The sentences ranged from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years. The charges stem from an April 2006 protest outside the Tagansky District Court, in which Bolshevik demonstrators clashed with pro-Kremlin youth while the …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US District Judge Cormac J. Carney of the Central District of California Monday sentenced former Chinese-American engineer Chi Mak to over 24 years in prison for conspiring to commit espionage, attempting to violate export control laws, failing to register as an agent of a foreign government, and making false statements to federal agents. Mak …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Officials from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) made a formal request to the United Nations Monday for $114 million in additional funds to allow the court to continue operation past its originally scheduled completion date in 2009 until March 2011. An ECCC planning document reported by …

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by Caitlin Price

Nepalese police arrested at least 400 Tibetan exiles, monks, and other protesters near the Nepalese UN headquarters in Kathmandu Monday as demonstrations continued against China's recent crackdown against pro-Tibet protests. Police reported that an additional 155 arrests were made near governmental offices in Singhadurbar. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear two cases, including US v. Hayes (07-608) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether a federal law [18 USC 922(g)(9) text] banning the possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" would bar a …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US District Judge Stefan Underhill of the District of Connecticut has ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU-CT press release] that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of certain portions of Connecticut's campaign finance law could proceed. Connecticut's Green Party, Libertarian Party, and American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in July 2006, arguing that the law …

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by David Frueh

The Tibetan government-in-exile said Monday that 130 people have been confirmed dead after skirmishes between pro-Tibet protesters and Chinese authorities, 31 more than an earlier estimate of 99. China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported the official death toll at 22 on Saturday. China has continued its crackdown against pro-independence demonstrators; on Saturday, …

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by Michael Sung

Newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said Monday that he will ask President Pervez Musharraf to immediately lift house arrest orders against former Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry and other judges. Gilani, addressing the parliament shortly after his election, added that he will also support a parliamentary resolution requesting a UN …

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by Michael Sung

Turkish authorities Monday charged Turkish Workers' Party leader Dogu Perincek for his alleged involvement with a secular extremist group suspected of plotting to overthrow the ruling government headed by the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Percincek, a staunch Turkish nationalist who was convicted last March …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A Chinese court sentenced land rights activist Yang Chunlin to five years in prison Monday on charges of "inciting subversion of state power" for circulating a petition declaring "we want human rights, not the Olympics," which was signed by over 10,000 people before Yang was arrested in July 2007. The Beijing Olympics are …

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by Michael Sung

Three Indonesian Islamic militants sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings withdrew their second appeal Monday, after the Cilacap district court refused to grant a change of venue and transport the militants to a district court in Bali. The Indonesian Attorney General's Office said that the militants, Mukhlas, Amrozi, and …

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by Michael Sung

A Pakistani court has cleared Asif Ali Zardari of charges related to his alleged involvement in the 1996 assassination of a retired judge and his son due to lack of evidence, a government prosecutor said Monday. Zardari, the new leader of the Pakistan People's Party and widower of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The National Parliament of East Timor voted Sunday in favor of a further extension of the national state of emergency imposed after assassination attempts against President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. Horta was critically wounded and rebel leader Alfredo Reinado was killed during the attacks, but Gusmao escaped unharmed. Acting President Fernando …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Former US Army Pfc. Steven D. Green should be prosecuted in civilian court under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, and not under the military system of justice as urged by the defense, federal prosecutors argued in a motion filed late Friday night. Green faces capital charges for his role in the rape and murder of …

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