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Legal news from Wednesday, December 17, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

The Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday rejected a bid by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to have Governor Rod Blagojevich temporarily removed from office in the wake of corruption charges laid against him last week in connection with his naming of a replacement to fill President-elect Barack Obama's now-vacant Senate …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A Muslim woman in the US state of Georgia was arrested Tuesday and ordered to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court after she refused to remove her headscarf, or hijab, upon entering a security checkpoint in an Atlanta courtroom. Douglasville Municipal Court Judge Keith Rollins found Lisa Valentine in contempt [Atlanta …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Russian civil rights activists Wednesday issued a statement warning that a proposed law that would change the definition of treason would allow the government to arrest any government critic. The proposed legislation extends the definition of treason to include damage to Russia's constitutional order, sovereignty, or territorial integrity. Rights activists including Moscow …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two prominent Kosovar Albanians were found guilty of contempt Wednesday in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Former Kosovo minister for Culture, Youth and Sport Astrit Haraqija was sentenced to five months in prison, and Bajrush Morina, former political advisor to the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Turkish Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a lawyer accused of killing a judge and merged the case with the trial of a right-wing group accused of plotting a coup. Alparslan Arslan was sentenced to life in prison in February for the May 2006 killing of Judge Mustafa Yucel Ozbilgin in protest of a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Tuesday called for greater judicial cooperation to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia. UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said that while pirates should ideally be tried in their home country or in the country that owns the seized ship, this is not …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The legislature in the Papua province of Indonesia announced Tuesday that it will postpone a decision on whether to implant certain individuals infected with HIV/AIDS with microchips to monitor their movements. A vote scheduled for next week will be put off in response to human rights concerns [Jakarta Post …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Iraqi cabinet on Wednesday approved draft legislation that would require most non-US foreign troops to leave Iraq by mid-2009. The legislation must now be submitted to the Iraqi parliament for approval. A government spokesperson said that Iraq would retain the right to ask some countries to stay. Also on Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Gordon …

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by Jay Carmella

The Council of the District of Columbia passed legislation Tuesday increasing the requirements of gun owners in Washington, DC. The legislation contains a number of provisions that the city council hopes will make it more difficult for criminals obtain weapons and make it easier for law enforcement officers to track them down. The …

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by Jay Carmella

The US military reported on Tuesday the transfer of 39 high-value detainees from the custody of US-led multinational force to an Iraqi controlled prison. The detainees were all former members of the regime of Saddam Hussein, and have already been convicted or are scheduled to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court of Iraq …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Christopher Cox on Tuesday said that he would launch an immediate investigation into how the fraud allegedly perpetrated by Bernard Madoff went undetected for so long. The SEC filed charges last week in New York against Madoff and his firm, Bernard L. …

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