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Legal news from Tuesday, April 15, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Tuesday settled its lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD) challenging the department's tactics for dealing with large protests. Under the settlement, the NYPD agreed to make sure protesters can get into designated demonstration areas and that any "pens" (enclosed areas) have sufficient …

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by Devin Montgomery

A New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that a $7 billion lawsuit filed by Italian dairy giant Parmalat SpA against Citigroup could go forward on a claim that Citigroup aided and abetted former Parmalat executives in misappropriating company money. Parmalat has alleged that Citigroup helped obscure the state of Parmalat's …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A US military court opened an Article 32 hearing in Baghdad on Tuesday for a civilian military contractor accused of aggravated assault. Earlier this month, the US military charged Alaa "Alex" Mohammad Ali, a dual Iraqi-Canadian citizen working as a translator in Iraq, with the February stabbing of another contractor. He is the first civilian …

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by Caitlin Price

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of the death of dictator Pol Pot by urging the international community and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to continue efforts to bring senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge to justice. Ban said:I would like …

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by Caitlin Price

A three-judge panel in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of a private body established by Congress to oversee accounting practices in publicly traded companies. In 2006, conservative business organization Free Enterprise Fund challenged provisions in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 establishing the Public …

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by Caitlin Price

Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr argued before a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Tuesday that the court has jurisdiction to intervene in Khadr's case to determine whether only detainees found to be "unlawful enemy combatants" may be subject to a military commission, or …

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by Leslie Schulman

An Egyptian military court handed down its final verdict Tuesday in the military trial of 40 senior members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, sentencing 25 of the accused to prison time and acquitting 15 others. The 40 Brotherhood members were originally charged with terrorism, but those charges were later dropped; the trial, …

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by Leslie Schulman

The rule of law is a necessary prerequisite to achieving all eight of the UN's anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in an address Monday at the opening of the 17th session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court handed down decisions in two tax cases Tuesday, including MeadWestvaco Corp. v. Illinois Department of Revenue, where the Court overturned an Illinois state court decision allowing the state to tax a portion of the $1 billion capital gain realized by MeadWestvaco's predecessor when it sold …

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by Leslie Schulman

China has disciplined nearly 3,000 people and imposed criminal penalties on over 530 more for their involvement in illegal land seizures, an official from the Chinese Law Enforcement and Supervision Bureau under the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources said Monday. Bureau director Zhang Xinbao said Monday that the punishments were part of a new …

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by Michael Sung

Myanmar's military government has arrested more than 20 peaceful demonstrators protesting the scheduled May 10 national constitutional referendum, the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) said Tuesday. The NLD also said that government security forces have detained a close aide of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Opposition groups have urged citizens …

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by Michael Sung

The National Assembly of Pakistan unanimously adopted a resolution late Monday calling for a United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The resolution now goes to the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In January, President Pervez Musharraf ruled out the possibility of a UN investigation [JURIST …

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by Michael Sung

The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with an Iraqi teenage civilian who was paralyzed in an accidental shooting in Basra in 2003. The plaintiff, who was 13 at the time of the shooting, had filed a civil negligence action in the UK High Court after relocating to the UK. The …

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by Joshua Pantesco

At least 1200 people were executed worldwide in 2007, and 88 percent of those executions took place in five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the USA, according to a report released Tuesday by human rights group Amnesty International. Saudi Arabia had the most executions per capita, and China had the highest total at …

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