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Legal news from Friday, October 31, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

A US military judge denied a request by prosecutors Thursday to reconsider the prison term for Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the former driver for Osama Bin Laden. US military and civilian prosecutors filed the motion in September, arguing that the Guantanamo military commission which heard his …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

A draft of a European Commission report obtained by a Serbian newspaper this week has confirmed that Serbia should remain eligible for candidacy within the European Union in 2009 provided the country continues to make progress on fighting corruption, forming an independent judiciary, and complying fully with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Thursday upheld a Missouri state law [SB 714 s. 589.426 text, PDF] designed to prevent registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween activities. The law requires sex offenders to post a sign reading "No candy or treats at this residence," turn off porch lights, avoid Halloween-related activity …

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by Devin Montgomery

A jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Thursday found Charles McArthur Emmanuel, son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, guilty of charges that he was involved in torture and other crimes in Liberia between 1999 and 2002. Emmanuel, a US citizen raised in Boston, had …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Serbian prosecutors Thursday condemned Albania's refusal to initiate an investigation into allegations of organ trafficking in Kosovo. Albanian Prosecutor General Ina Rama refused Tuesday to cooperate with Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic and said that her country will only pursue the allegations if the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official …

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by Devin Montgomery

UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has asked Attorney General Baroness Scotland to begin a criminal investigation into claims that both British and US officers contributed to the torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee and former UK resident Binyam Mohamed, according to a government letter released Thursday. Smith also provided Scotland with …

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by Eric Firkel

Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) Thursday announced that Russian oil companies Rosneft and LUKoil broke competition laws in the Russian market by fixing monopoly-like prices this summer. The FAS found Rosneft and LUKoil fixed high prices for gasoline, diesel fuel, air fuel, and fuel oil. The agency will determine the size of fines within the …

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by Eric Firkel

In a landmark intellectual property decision Thursday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled 9-3 that a business concept for hedging risk in the field of commodities trading was too vague for patent protection. The case on an application by Bernard Bilski, the CEO of a company called Weatherwise, could affect the …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

International Criminal Court (ICC) President Judge Phillippe Kirsch told the UN General Assembly Thursday that the ICC is at a "critical stage" ten years after its creation. Presenting his annual report, Kirsch said that while serious war crimes and crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction …

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