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Legal news from Tuesday, October 14, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The Chinese People's Court in Chamdo prefecture sentenced eight Tibetan monks to prison last month, including two to life sentences, according to Tibetan activist group Free Tibet Tuesday. The eight monks were arrested by Chinese authorities in April in connection with the March bombing of a government building. The bombing took place during widespread …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in three cases, including Pearson v. Callahan, 07-751, in which the Court will review a July 2007 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit allowing individuals to directly sue police officers who enter …

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by Caitlin Price

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Monday joined an estimated 10,000 supporters as they began a 120-mile march from Caracollo to La Paz seeking congressional approval of a national referendum on proposed reforms to the country's constitution. Morales, who will not participate in the entire …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Constitutional Court of Thailand on Tuesday agreed to consider dissolving the ruling People's Power Party (PPP) and two others because of election fraud allegedly committed by one of the PPP's top officers. Former PPP deputy leader Yongyuth Tiyapairat was convicted of organizing a vote-buying scheme [Bangkok Post …

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by Caitlin Price

Four former Bosnian Serb officers have been arrested on suspicions of crimes against humanity in connection with the August 1992 massacre of 200 civilians in Koricanske Stijene, the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia & Herzegovina said Tuesday. Milorad Skrbic, Milorad Radakovic, Gordan Duric, and Ljubisa Cetic were arrested on allegations that they, …

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by Devin Montgomery

US President George W. Bush Monday signed into law a bill that will provide for additional intellectual property (IP) rights enforcement resources and stronger penalties for violators of those rights. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008, allows for three times the assessed damages to be awarded against …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition to hear a Georgia death row inmate's appeal, lifting a stay on his execution, while agreeing to hear a case dealing with supplemental jurisdiction. The court declined to grant certiorari in the case of Troy Anthony Davis, who was convicted …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko Monday abolished the Kiev District Court by decree [decree 922/2008 text, in Ukrainian] after it decided Saturday to block a previous presidential decree dissolving parliament and directing parliamentary elections in the wake of the collapse of the governing coalition. The Kiev court made the ruling against the elections in response to a lawsuit …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Sudan Justice Minister Abdel-Basit Sabdarat said Monday that a special prosecutor named to investigate and try war crimes suspects from the country's Darfur region has almost completed reports on some crimes in the region, though a time frame for trials has not yet been established. Sabdarat did specify that militia commander Ali Kushayb [TrialWatch …

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