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Legal news from Friday, May 16, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

A military judge Friday delayed the military commission trial of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan until July. On Thursday, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit rejected a bid by Hamdan to postpone the start of his military commission until the Supreme Court rules in the consolidated cases …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Prominent Malaysian lawyer VK Lingam conspired with allies in government, the judiciary, and business to arrange favorable judicial appointments, a Malaysian government inquiry panel announced Friday. The panel was convened to investigate allegations of judicial fixing following the January release of a video which purportedly depicts Lingam brokering the former Chief Justice's …

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by David Hanna

A federal judge ruled this week that a shareholder derivative lawsuit brought against the directors and officers of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial for misrepresenting its financial condition could proceed. The court held that the plaintiffs, including a number of state pension funds, met the requisite heightened pleading standards under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A South African court delayed the scheduled August corruption trial of South African politician Jacob Zuma Thursday after his lawyer filed an application to have the case declared unlawful. Zuma's lawyers blasted the prosecution's handling of the case after a judge said that an oversight by the prosecution meant that no trial judge has …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Arizona Court of Appeals struck down a 2006 state program providing government funds for private and religious schools, ruling Thursday that it violated a ban in the state constitution on granting state benefits to private schools. The court rejected arguments that the vouchers benefited low-income families rather than schools, holding that schools benefited indirectly when …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former US Army Pfc. Steven D. Green may raise an insanity defense at his scheduled 2009 civilian trial for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya (also "Mahmoudiya"), according to two motions filed Thursday. Green's lawyers said they may raise the …

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by David Hanna

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court order denying an injunction against a US Forest Service plan to allow commercial logging in the Plumas National Forest in California. The Forest Service had argued that commercial logging would help pay for forest maintenance that would reduce the …

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by Abigail Salisbury

A jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday convicted an Afghan national originally held as an enemy combatant on charges of drug distribution and narco-terrorism. Khan Mohammed was charged in 2006 with distribution of heroin destined for the US, thereby aiding and abetting terrorism. AP …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US Marine Sgt. Jermaine Nelson will face a court martial later this year for murder, according to an order given by Marine Lt. Gen. Samuel T. Hellman. The murder charge, announced Wednesday, stems from an incident during the Multinational National Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive in Fallujah in which unarmed Iraqi prisoners were allegedly killed. Following …

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by David Hanna

Convicted Kosovo Albanian war criminal Haradin Bala has been transferred to a prison in France to serve out the rest of his 13-year sentence, the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Thursday. In 2005, Bala was found guilty of the torture, cruel treatment, and murder of …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a civil complaint in the US District Court for the Central District of California Wednesday against California-based microchip maker Broadcom in conjunction with a scandal over the backdating of company stock options. The complaint alleges that from …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Colombian militia leader Salvatore Mancuso pleaded not guilty in a Florida court Thursday to drug trafficking charges after being extradited to the US Tuesday on suspicion of organizing violent massacres and drug smuggling operations. Mancuso and 13 other men are suspected of being members of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, which is designated …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Approximately 2,500 minors under the age of 18 have been detained as illegal enemy combatants by the US military at facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay since 2002, according to a US government report made public Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). As of April 2008, the US is …

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