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Legal news from Tuesday, December 9, 2008
by Tarah Park

A Russian government commission is examining the legality of the Soviet Union's pre-World War II artwork sales, an official from the State Hermitage Museum said on Tuesday. Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky said in his St. Petersburg state-of-the-museum report that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has commissioned the group to investigate whether the sales …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Arizona v. Johnson, the Court heard arguments on whether the Fourth Amendment permits a police officer to search a vehicle passenger during a routine traffic stop if he believes that suspect may be armed …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Monday told reporters that confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder would begin in January, as soon as the Senate reconvenes. Leahy, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, met privately with Holder on Monday. Leahy hopes for a confirmation vote as soon as …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) formally began operations Tuesday. EULEX is a civilian mission under the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) replacing the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). EULEX will assist and support Kosovo authorities in the areas of police, judiciary, and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested Tuesday by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on charges of corruption. They have both been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. They are accused of conspiring to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A federal judge in Utah ruled Monday that five indicted Blackwater USA guards involved in the September 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians must report to a DC court. Lawyers for the five guards tried to move the proceedings to Utah, where one of the guards lives, but a federal magistrate judge …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Pakistani officials said Tuesday that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will not hand over to India any Pakistani citizens arrested in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks, insisting instead on a joint investigation with Indian officials. Several offices of the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have been raided as Pakistan intensifies its efforts …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Hebei Supreme Court in China on Monday rejected a class action suit filed against government-owned dairy farm Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co. by the families of children who died or were harmed as a result of tainted milk. Lawyers for the families said that the while the prosecutor's office accepted their papers, it refused to accept the …

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