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Legal news from Friday, December 12, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

French President Nicholas Sarkozy told reporters in Brussels Friday at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of European Union leaders that the Lisbon Treaty on EU reform had been "revived" after Ireland agreed to hold a revote on ratification. An initial referendum on the Treaty failed in Ireland …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Friday in two cases. In Polar Tankers v. City of Valdez [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether a municipal tax that falls exclusively on large vessels in the city’s harbor violates the Tonnage Clause (Art. 1 § 10 cl. 3), Commerce Clause …

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by Ximena Marinero

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has called for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas to abandon arms and release political hostages, promising those who respond to the call a reward and freedom. Uribe Wednesday likened the offered terms to a "humanitarian exchange". He specified that he was not promising …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday filed a motion with the Illinois Supreme Court to have Governor Rod Blagojevich declared unfit and removed temporarily from office. Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested Tuesday by federal agents on charges of …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies on Thursday voted to amend the country's constitution to eliminate the requirement that its Grand Duke approve legislation before it becomes law. The country's parliament passed the amendment by a vote of 56-0, with one abstention. It reduces the Grand Duke's legislative …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday upheld the results of the country's disputed 2007 presidential election which was won by President Umaru Yar'Adua. The court dismissed the appeal brought by former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari, Yar'Adua's main challenger in the election, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday indicted former President Chen Shui-bian on charges of corruption. His wife Wu Shu-chen, his son and daughter-in-law, three former presidential aides, and eight other associates and family members were also indicted. Chen has been charged with embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery, and money laundering. Prosecutors plan to seek the maximum punishment …

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by Devin Montgomery

US senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday released the executive summary of a Senate Armed Services Committee report that says senior US officials are to blame for the use of abusive interrogation techniques against detainees held in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. The report cites a February …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former NASDAQ stock market chairman Bernard Madoff was arrested Thursday by federal agents on charges of securities fraud. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Madoff and his investment firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, on Thursday with engaging in a multi-billion dollar Ponzi …

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