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Legal news from Tuesday, April 8, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday launched a new initiative to combat income tax evasion. The National Tax Defier Initiative (TAXDEF) will investigate and prosecute those who actively "defy and deny" US tax laws, while also educating the public about the consequences of tax evasion. Assistant Attorney General Nathan J. Hochman …

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by Devin Montgomery

The anesthetic dosage delivered under Ohio's lethal injection protocol is sufficient to prevent the condemned inmate from suffering during an execution, according to Tuesday testimony from an anesthesiologist during a court hearing on the constitutionality of Ohio's death penalty procedure. The testimony by Dr. Mark Dershwitz contradicts that given Monday by another …

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by Caitlin Price

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that an insurance company was not required to pay for water damage caused when New Orleans levees breached after Hurricane Katrina. Homeowner Joseph Sher sued Lafayette Insurance Company after the insurer refused to cover damage resulting from a four-foot water rise in his home after the …

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by Caitlin Price

The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday issued a custody order for a former Bosnian Serb special police officer suspected of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Vaso Todorovic is accused of genocide stemming from the detention and murder of 1,000 Muslim men within …

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by Caitlin Price

Indonesian Internet providers blocked access Tuesday to file-sharing websites including YouTube, Google Video, and MySpace, one week after a government order sought to prevent the transmission of a controversial anti-Islamic film created by far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders. Indonesia's secular government issued an order to block the websites last …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Two rights groups have filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's Proposition 100, which denies bail to illegal immigrants accused of committing serious felonies. In court papers filed Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education …

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by Jeannie Shawl

JURIST was nominated Tuesday for a prestigious Webby Award as the best Law website of 2008. Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the "Webbys" are the leading international awards honoring excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability and functionality …

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by Leslie Schulman

A High Court judge in Harare agreed Tuesday to expedite a lawsuit seeking to compel the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) to immediately release the results of the nation's March 29 presidential elections, but continued to refrain from issuing an immediate ruling in the case. On Monday, the High Court ruled it had jurisdiction to hear …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Switzerland Foreign Ministry has barred former ICTY chief prosecutor and current Swiss ambassador to Argentina Carla Del Ponte from publicly promoting her new book "The Hunt: Me and War Criminals," according to Tuesday reports. The Swiss government has said that statements made in the book that condemn the …

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by Michael Sung

The United Nations has a "moral duty to act on the lessons of Rwanda," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in an address to mark the fourteenth anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Ban said:I am equally determined to work for human rights everywhere - to uphold them, protect them, defend them, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued five former San Diego city officials in federal court Monday, alleging they committed securities fraud by failing to disclose funding shortfalls in the city's pension and health care plans to potential buyers and sellers of San Diego's municipal bonds. The SEC press release explains the basis for the charges:...the five …

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by Michael Sung

Zimbabwean police have arrested at least five election officials for allegedly under-counting votes for current Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during the March 29 presidential election, police officials confirmed Monday. Independent observers say that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) candidate Morgan Tsvangirai won more votes than Mugabe, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday reversed and vacated a jury award of $2.5 million in punitive damages awarded to a Mississippi couple who lost their home in Hurricane Katrina and later sued State Farm Insurance for rejecting their homeowner insurance claim. The presiding district judge, US …

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by Michael Sung

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav rejected a controversial plea agreement Tuesday, opting instead to face rape charges first brought against him in 2006. Under the terms of the plea agreement, which was upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court in February, Katsav was permitted to plead guilty to lesser sex charges of …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A court in the Philippines on Tuesday sentenced nine military officers to prison for their participation in a failed 2003 coup against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. No shots were fired during the 2003 incident, in which 31 officers commandeered a Manila hotel, threatened to set off explosives, and held off police for …

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