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Legal news from Wednesday, December 24, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

US President W. George Bush on Tuesday issued presidential pardons to 19 people convicted of crimes that ranged from drug trafficking to forging US Treasury checks. Among those pardoned was Charles Thompson Winters, who was convicted of exporting military aircraft to Israel in 1948 in violation of the Neutrality Act of 1939. Winters, who was seen …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Germany filed a lawsuit against Italy in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Tuesday in a bid to block new claims for personal damages resulting from Nazi actions in World War II. Germany is arguing that an October decision by Italy's Court of Cassation [official website, =Italian] which ordered Germany to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Iraqi parliament Tuesday approved an agreement that will permit 6,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Romania, and Estonia to remain in the country for a limited time after the current UN mandate authorizing the multi-national force in Iraq expires on December 31, 2008. The vote came after Sunni speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani offered his resignation. …

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