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Legal news from Thursday, August 14, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The United States and Libya reached an agreement on Thursday to settle all pending lawsuits brought by US terror victims against Libya, including 26 lawsuits related to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The move is part of a continuing effort to improve …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday agreed to an en banc rehearing of a case brought by Canadian citizen Maher Arar seeking a declaratory judgment against US government officials for deporting him to Syria. The court originally dismissed Arar's lawsuit in July, …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Wednesday that it has reached a tentative agreement with ten US stock exchanges to centralize insider trading controls among the institutions. Under the plan, the programs to prevent and detect insider trading will be centrally controlled by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and a section …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A New Orleans judge on Wednesday threw out indictments against the so-called "Danziger Seven", police officers accused of murder in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. District Judge Raymond Bigelow ruled that prosecutors had violated state law by revealing grand jury testimony to a witness in the case and had also issued incorrect instructions to …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Indonesia's Constitutional Court has accepted a death penalty challenge filed by three men condemned for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings. Mukhlas, Imam Samudra and Amrozi Nurhasyim argue that death by firing squad amounts to "torture" and is contrary to Islamic law. Lawyers say that the court does not have the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Georgia filed a complaint against Russia with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday, alleging that invading Russian troops have engaged in murder, rape and mass displacement of civilians during the recent conflict between the countries. Georgia also accused Russia of ongoing violations of the 1965 Convention on the Elimination of …

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by Devin Montgomery

Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board head Mirza Mohammad Taiyab on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to corruption charges based on allegations that he received free dental work in return for granting a government contract. His indictment is the latest of several brought by the country's Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), in what government officials have said is …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Nigeria officially turned over the entirety of the disputed Bakassi peninsula to neighboring Cameroon on Thursday, in compliance with a 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling. Basing its ruling on an old colonial agreement between England and Germany, the ICJ had ruled that the territory and its oil reserves should be handed over to …

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by Devin Montgomery

US Army Gen. Gregory Zanetti, deputy commander at Guantanamo Bay, testified Wednesday that military commissions legal advisor Gen. Thomas Hartmann routinely bullied his counterparts and was inappropriately aggressive in seeking indictments against detainees. Zanetti's testimony fit in with earlier allegations that Hartmann worked too closely with commission …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Energy company Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals (KMBT) was sentenced Wednesday for its improper disposal of potash (potassium chloride) in violation of the Ocean Dumping Act. In 2003, a KMBT employee dumped 160 metric tons of potash into the ocean after the substance came into contact with water and was therefore unsaleable. KMBT will pay a $156,000 …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held Wednesday that publisher Penguin Group will retain the right to publish ten John Steinbeck novels. The heirs involved in this copyright action already receive a percentage of the sales proceeds, but initiated this action because they believed they were entitled to …

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