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Legal news from Tuesday, December 2, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Entergy Corp. v. EPA, the Court heard arguments on whether Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use a cost-benefit analysis to determine …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

A Norwegian court on Tuesday sentenced Bosnian immigrant Mirsad Repak to five years in prison for committing war crimes against 11 Serbian citizens imprisoned during the Bosnian War. Repak, who has lived Norway for more than 10 years, was also ordered to pay damages to the families of eight Serbian victims, but was acquitted on …

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by Caitlin Price

US President George W. Bush issued an executive order on Monday that defined the primary objective of some 8600 federal agency employees to be national security-related, rendering them ineligible for Federal Labor-Management Relations Program [5 U.S.C. § 7101 et seq. text] coverage such as collective bargaining rights. The order says: The subdivisions of the Departments of Energy, Homeland …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Tuesday sentenced popular Rwandan singer-songwriter Simon Bikindi to 15 years in prison for his actions during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Bikindi had been indicted in 2005 on six amended counts relating to genocide. The prosecution alleged …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed in part and vacated in part a ruling against Qualcomm, finding its patents unenforceable. The appeals court affirmed the decision of the US District Court of the Southern District of California in Qualcomm v. Broadcom that held …

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by Steve Czajkowski

While general security conditions in Iraq have improved, human rights violations have continued, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). In its 13th report on the human rights situation in Iraq, UNAMI highlighted its concern for the treatment of detainees in the country. The report, which …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled in a per curiam opinion Tuesday in Hedgpeth v. Pulido that a harmless error standard should be applied when evaluating a conviction based on a general verdict where the jury was given alternate theories, including an invalid one. The US Court of …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The head of Russia's Federal Financial Markets Service (FFMS), Vladimir Milovidov, said Monday that next year Russia will create new laws that regulate insider trading and establish a compensation fund for victims of investment fraud. The compensation fund is to be modeled after a program of the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) [official …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Constitutional Court of Thailand on Tuesday ordered the dissolution of the ruling People's Power Party (PPP), and banned prime minister Somchai Wongsawat from politics for five years as the result of an election fraud investigation. Former PPP deputy leader Yongyuth Tiyapairat was convicted of organizing …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday held in Associated Press v. United States Department of Justice that the petition for commuted sentence of charged Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh falls under invasion-of-privacy exceptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and may properly be closed to the …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Canada took a step towards constitutional crisis Monday as the three federal opposition parties signed a landmark accord to defeat the Conservative minority government and form a new coalition government without an intervening election. If the Conservative government is defeated in a no-confidence vote in the House of Commons that could come as early as next Monday, …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal on Tuesday sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," to death for his involvement in the repression of Shiites in southern Iraq during the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Al-Majid was charged last year with crimes …

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