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Legal news from Saturday, June 21, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

The Italian judge presiding over the corruption trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his former lawyer David Mills said Friday accord to Reuters that hearings in the case will continue despite a request for her removal by Berlusconi's lawyers. Berlusconi's legal team claimed judge Nicoletta Gandus was biased …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Serbian officials transferred former Bosnian Serb police commander Stojan Zupljanin to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Saturday after the War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court refused his appeal against extradition. Serbian Minister of Justice Dusan Petrovic approved the transfer …

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by Benjamin Klein

The trial of British national Simon Mann, charged with participating in an alleged coup attempt against Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in 2004, concluded on Friday with his defense lawyer seeking leniency. Mann, who has claimed that Sir Mark Thatcher was involved in the plot, testified …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled 6-1 Friday that juvenile defendants in the state have a constitutional right to a jury trial. The Court found that recent changes to the Kansas Juvenile Justice Code made juvenile proceedings "more akin to an adult prosecution" in which jury trials are constitutionally provided under Section 10 …

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by Benjamin Klein

The Bush administration on Friday invoked executive privilege in refusing to turn over documents to the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee now investigating what it claims to be a politically-motivated decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny California permission to implement its own vehicle emission standards. …

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by Benjamin Klein

European Union government leaders meeting in Brussels Friday directed member states to draft tougher border security legislation to curb the growing problem of illegal immigration in Europe. The security overhaul is aimed at setting common security standards at airports, harbors and border checkpoints in an effort to filter out illegal immigrants and to catch …

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