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Legal news from Friday, July 18, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

The European Commission (EC) announced Thursday that it has filed additional antitrust charges against microprocessor manufacturer Intel for anti-competitive actions it has allegedly taken against rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). In a Supplementary Statement of Objections (SSO), the EC said that Intel had provided "substantial" rebates to one computer retailer on the condition …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A court in Tunisia on Wednesday convicted five men, including two government officials, of involvement in a terror plot against the Tunisian government. National security force officer Souhail Guezdah was sentenced to to nine years in prison, while deputy prison head Sami Belhaj Aissa received a four-year sentence. Three others received …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Serbian prosecutors confirmed on Friday that they are gathering evidence for a case against an alleged World War II Nazi guard currently living in the United States. Peter Egner, 86, has admitted to serving in the Nazi-run Security Police and Security Service, a unit which is believed to have taken part in the killings of over 17,000 people in …

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by Devin Montgomery

Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft testified [C-Span video, flash; prepared statement, PDF] before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, defending advice the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave the Bush administration on the legality of certain interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects. Ashcroft had been called before the committee to testify on his involvement with 2002 and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday was denied his request to replace the presiding judge at his ongoing corruption trial. Berlusconi's legal team claimed that judge Nicoletta Gandus was biased after she commented on laws passed by the previous Berlusconi government. They also argued that she had a vested …

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by Andrew Gilmore

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Thursday that he will widen his investigation into war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region to include attacks by rebel groups against African Union (AU) peacekeeping forces. Speaking at a press conference during celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the Rome …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

A US district court judge on Thursday rejected a bid to stay the trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan, ruling that a civilian court should refrain from review until the military commission had issued a "final judgment." Hamdan's lawyers had argued that the military trial should …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Belgian King Albert II declined to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Yves Leterme on Thursday. Leterme submitted his resignation Monday night because of his coalition government's inability to successfully divide federal powers between the Flemish- and French-speaking communities. King Albert II also announced a commission, consisting …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Bush administration abandoned plans to impose Clean Air Act (CAA) regulations on power plants and other stationary pollution sources after opposition from the oil industry, according to a report released Friday by the House Select Committee on Global Warming. Based on interviews with former EPA official Jason Burnett, the …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Texas Governor Rick Perry said Thursday that Texas will go forward with the August 5 execution of a Mexican national despite an International Court of Justice (ICJ) order staying the execution. The ICJ ordered Wednesday that a mandated review be conducted to determine whether five Mexican nationals on death row …

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