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Legal news from Monday, April 21, 2008
by David Frueh

Twenty-eight anti-government activists were indicted in Zimbabwe on Monday on public disorder charges related to a strike organized by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) last week to protest the nondisclosure of the results in the March 29 presidential election. All the defendants pleaded not guilty during a court hearing Monday, during …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Serbia's war crimes court has charged four former members of a notorious Serbian paramilitary organization with war crimes stemming from their alleged involvement in a 1999 massacre of ethnic Albanian civilians in the Kosovar village of Podujevo, the Serbian prosecutor's office said Monday. The four suspects, alleged to be members of the Scorpions, were arrested in October …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Federal prosecutors on Monday accused the former deputy chief of staff of the Department of Justice Criminal Division of criminal conflict of interest charges connected to his relationship with disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Robert Coughlin is accused of accepting gifts from Abramoff's lobbying group, as well as discussing future employment at the firm …

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by David Frueh

The New Jersey Supreme Court Monday ruled that Internet service providers may not turn over users' personal information to police or other agencies unless they obtain a valid grand jury subpoena when the information sought relates to an indictable offense. The court held that the New Jersey constitution affords greater protections than the US …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," was admitted to a US medical facility in Iraq on Sunday, the US military said Monday. Al-Majid had reportedly been on a hunger strike since Friday, but is now in stable condition after passing out Sunday. One of al-Majid's co-defendants has also …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear three cases, including the consolidated cases of US v. Eurodif (07-1059) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and USEC v. Eurodif (07-1078) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] where the Court will consider whether the federal government can impose anti-dumping tariffs on contracts for uranium enrichment …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations Monday designed to implement the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007. In January, US President George W. Bush issued an executive order similarly designed to implement the Act, which expands the investigative scope of the Treasury …

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by Joshua Pantesco

White House lawyers argued on Monday before a federal appeals court that White House visitor logs maintained by the Secret Service are executive branch documents and thus not subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The appeals court judges hearing the case seemed skeptical of the administration's arguments that the visitor logs should be privileged and not …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Supreme Court Monday denied without comment petitions for certiorari filed by 10 death row inmates seeking to have their executions blocked. Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that lethal injection does not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Three of …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Australia has acquired exploration and drilling rights to an additional 2.5 million square kilometers of ocean shelf after a UN commission ruled that Australia's continental shelf extends farther than previously defined, the Australian government said Monday. The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) is the body charged with administering the 1994 UN Convention …

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by Michael Sung

Afghan President Hamid Karzai rejected calls for the reinstatement of a moratorium on the death penalty Monday, saying that while he prefers life sentences, he will abide by Islamic law's sanctioning of the death penalty for certain crimes, including the kidnapping and murder. Under Afghan law, President Karzai is required to sign execution …

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by Michael Sung

Sergei Ordzhonikidze, director-general of the UN Office at Geneva, on Monday urged UN member states to advance the cause for human rights by increasing arms control efforts, saying that the improvement of human rights in developing regions will enhance long-term peace, stability, and contribute to sustainable development. Ordzhonikidze comments came during the inaugural Beijing Forum on Human …

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by Joshua Pantesco

An Indonesian judge handed down 15-year sentences to two leaders of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), after convicting them on terrorism charges. The judge also ruled that JI is a terrorist organization, the first time an Indonesian court has recognized JI as such. The two JI leaders, Zarkasih and Abu Dujana …

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