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Legal news from Friday, September 19, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Thursday filed a class action lawsuit seeking injunctive, declaratory and equitable relief from the National Security Agency (NSA) warrantless surveillance program, which gave government agencies access to over 300 terabytes of data concerning communication sent and received by AT&T …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday announced that former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea will be held for another year as prosecutors continue to build a war crimes case against him. Nuon Chea, known as Brother Number Two in the Khmer Rouge, was arrested and …

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by Devin Montgomery

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Thursday said his department is conducting an investigation into whether some investors used illegal methods to profit from recent declines in banking and insurance stocks. It is alleged that some investors combined the short-selling of stock with the spreading of false information to illegally gain from recent …

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by Leslie Schulman

The American Psychological Association (APA) announced Wednesday that it had adopted a measure prohibiting members from participating in interrogations of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay and other military prisons where suspects have allegedly been tortured. The resolution, approved by a vote of 8,792 to 6,157 members, represents a reversal …

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by Joe Shaulis

A US Army Special Forces soldier faces court-martial proceedings following his arraignment in connection with the killing of an Afghan man earlier this year. The Army announced Thursday that Master Sgt. Joseph D. Newell of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, N.C., is charged under the Uniform Code …

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by Leslie Schulman

The State Council of China on Thursday issued regulations implementing ambiguous provisions of the Labor Contract Law that took effect at the beginning of this year. Among other clarifications, the regulations provide that contracts without a termination date do not have a lifetime term, instead specifying the circumstances in which employers or …

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by Andrew Gilmore

In an indictment unsealed on Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charged sixteen individuals and companies from Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on thirteen counts related to alleged conspiracies to illegally export electronic components to Iran, in violation of US law and the US economic embargo against Iran. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced Thursday it would appeal a Pietermaritzburg High Court judgment invalidating corruption charges against politician Jacob Zuma. The NPA stated that the appeal will argue that the "court's interpretation of the Constitution and the NPA Act regarding the obligation to …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Second Amendment Enforcement Act (H.R. 6842), which would repeal multiple parts of the District of Columbia's Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975, including its semiautomatic handgun ban, its registration requirements, and its mandate that any guns in the home be locked up and inoperable. The National …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty on Thursday urged Canadian officials to embrace his call for an outright ban on handguns. Acknowledging that all federal leaders should use the upcoming October election to discuss the issue, McGuinty commented: We have an opportunity as a distinct Canadian society to say, 'We are not going …

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