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Legal news from Tuesday, October 28, 2008
by Lucas Tanglen

Huang Songyou was removed from his position as vice president of China's Supreme People's Court Tuesday in a vote by Chinese legislators. No explanation was given for the action, but earlier this month, Huang was reportedly detained by party officials in an alleged corruption scandal. AFP …

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by Ximena Marinero

Former spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Florence Hartmann declined Monday to enter a plea on two counts of contempt she faces for allegedly releasing restricted information regarding court rulings in the case of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. Hartmann was the former official spokesperson for …

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by Devin Montgomery

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Monday withdrew a lawsuit she had brought against president Victor Yushchenko and the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) challenging Yushchenko's plan to dissolve parliament and hold new elections. Tymoshenko said the challenge was dropped because Yushchenko last week suspended his plan [press …

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by Catherine

Reports of hate crimes dropped approximately one percent in 2007 from the previous year but incidents of sexual-orientation bias crimes increased by six percent, according to the 2007 Hate Crime Statistics released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Monday. The FBI reported 7,621 single-bias hate crime incidents -- those in which one …

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by Christian Ehret

Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. on Monday settled an antitrust suit with Discover Financial Services for $2.75 billion. Under the settlement, $1.8875 billion was apportioned to Visa and $862.5 million to Mastercard under a judgment-sharing agreement. This settlement is the result of a 2004 lawsuit filed by Discover after a US …

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by David Weber

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called on Laos to release leaders of the ethnic minority Hmong who were forcibly repatriated from Thailand and imprisoned in Laos for their roles in a June protest demonstration Thai refugee camp, denouncing the move for "confirm the fear many Hmong asylum seekers and refugees …

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by Devin Montgomery

A judge in the US District Court for the Central District of California Monday sentenced Steven Schulman and David Bershad, two former partners of the law firm now known as Milberg LLP, to six months in prison each for their role in a scheme to pay lead plaintiffs illegally in class-action lawsuits brought by the …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US presidential campaigns of both Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain are recruiting large numbers of lawyers to monitor and protect voters' rights in the upcoming national election, according to a New York Times report. The Obama camp initiated its Voter Protection Program targeting lawyers and law students at the start of …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on Monday preliminarily enjoined parts of a new state law [SB 714 s. 589.426 text, PDF] requiring registered sex offenders to avoid most Halloween activities, suggesting that parts of the law as written are too broad and vague. The law, which was passed in …

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by Devin Montgomery

A jury for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday convicted Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) on seven counts of making false statements [18 USC s. 1001(a) text] relating to an alleged corruption scheme and for falsifying his Financial Disclosure Forms. Stevens had been charged with accepting approximately …

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by Devin Montgomery

Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday ruled that in order to be validly held as an "enemy combatants," Guantanamo Bay detainees must have directly supported hostilities against the US or its allies. Leon made the ruling as a preliminary step in …

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