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Legal news from Monday, December 15, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Malaysian government on Monday introduced a bill that would set up a committee to discipline judges who violate the country's judicial ethics code. The Judges' Ethics Committee Bill 2008 was tabled Monday by the Dewan Rakyat, the Malaysian parliament, and will be considered at a later date. If passed, the legislation would …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari, vacated, and remanded the case of Rasul v. Myers [docket; cert. petition, PDF] for further consideration in light of the Court's June decision in Boumediene v. Bush. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Altria Group v. Good that the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act does not bar state lawsuits based on allegedly deceptive cigarette advertising. The case was brought by three Maine smokers who accused Philip Morris of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyer Thomas Tamm told Newsweek in an article published Sunday that he blew the whistle on the Bush administration's controversial warrantless domestic surveillance program because "it didn't smell right". Newsweek said that Tamm, whose home was raided last year by federal agents, said that he leaked …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Russian authorities on Sunday arrested former chess champion and Russian opposition political activist Garry Kasparov and others as they met to form a new political opposition group. Kasparaov's new organization, Solidarnost, is reportedly an outgrowth an umbrella group, Other Russia, of which Kasparov's organization United Civil …

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by Andrew Gilmore

UK financial firm Bramdean Alternatives Limited raised concerns Saturday about the US financial regulatory process in the wake of Thursday's arrest of former NASDAQ chairman Bernard Madoff for a $50 billion fraud scheme. Bramdean's value dropped by more than 35 percent over news of its exposure to the fraud, …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sunday denied entry to and deported the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk. Falk was attempting to enter Israel in his official capacity for the first time since assuming his position in May. As special rapporteur, Falk is …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan on Friday issued his first public apology for the crimes that resulted in his imprisonment. Ryan's apology comes in the wake of last week's arrest of current Governor Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges. In a letter that will be added to his clemency petition filed recently …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) is inefficient and ineffective, with detainees waiting months or years for trials that do not meet international fair trial standards, according to a report released Sunday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, titled "The Quality of Justice: Failings of Iraq's Central Criminal Court," alleges that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff on Sunday told the BBC that before closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, President-elect Barack Obama must have a plan for dealing with the detainees. In an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show, Chertoff said that there must be a system in place for …

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