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Legal news from Saturday, August 9, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Friday sentenced Tai Shen Kuo, a naturalized US citizen and Louisiana businessman, to 188 months in prison for his part in a conspiracy to deliver national defense information to China. Judge Leonie Brinkema also required …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. disclosed Friday in its quarterly report that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating possible breaches of procedure by one of the bank's subsidiaries in auction-rate securities sales and purchases. Auction-rate securities are long-term bonds with varying interest rates that change …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The UN observed its fourteenth International Day of the World’s Indigenous People Saturday, marking the first observance since the September 2007 adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 1994, the General Assembly declared [A/RES/49/214 text, PDF] that the day would be observed every August 9 in an …

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by Steve Czajkowski

International human rights groups on Saturday condemned any violence Russian or Georgian forces might commit against civilians in the separatist region of South Ossetia, warning that those actions may amount to war crimes. After a period of smaller conflicts, on Friday the Republic of Georgia announced that to restore constitutional order, it …

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