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Legal news from Thursday, July 31, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

US President George W. Bush issued an executive order on Thursday which gives the country's Director of National Intelligence the authority to coordinate information sharing between different US and foreign intelligence services, a duty previously held by the Central Intelligence Agency. The Director will also be authorized to make funding decisions for the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday rejected arguments that senior White House officials are protected from congressional subpoena by executive privilege, ruling that former White House legal counsel Harriet Miers must testify before a House committee regarding the US Attorneys firing scandal. …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday granted  prosecutors' petition for an en banc rehearing on whether the insider trading conviction of former Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio should be overturned. In March, a Tenth Circuit panel struck down Nacchio's conviction and ordered …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The South African Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected a motion by politician Jacob Zuma to exclude evidence from his upcoming corruption trial. Zuma had argued that evidence seized in 2005 raids by the Directorate of Special Investigations should be thrown out because …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Alabama Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Wednesday to indefinitely stay the execution of Thomas Arthur, who had been sentenced to death by lethal injection for a 1982 contract killing. Arthur would have been executed on Thursday. The court did not disclose its reason for the stay, but the decision comes after lawyers …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

California Attorney General Jerry Brown formally notified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday that the state would file a lawsuit against the agency if it refused to issue rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from ships, aircraft, industrial and agricultural machinery, and other vehicles. Brown said that California had petitioned the EPA …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials for United Airlines filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seeking to ban pilots' union Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and four pilots from causing flight cancellations. The suit alleges that ALPA and the pilots have organized sick-leave abuse movements in protest to United …

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by Devin Montgomery

Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic Friday refused to enter a plea and denied the assistance of counsel in his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he faces war crimes charges. Karadzic was originally …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced Wednesday that a Native American prisoner in Wyoming had settled his lawsuit against the Wyoming Department of Corrections after Department officials agreed to allow the man to keep up to four eagle feathers in his cell for religious purposes. Andrew John Yellowbear, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, …

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by Devin Montgomery

A Thai court on Thursday convicted Pojamarn Shinawatra, the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, of tax evasion for transferring $16.3 million worth of stock to her step-brother and secretary, who were also convicted. Pojamarn and step-brother Bannapot Damapong were each sentenced to three years and her secretary was …

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