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Legal news from Thursday, December 25, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev Thursday signed anti-corruption legislation passed by the country's parliament earlier this month. Medvedev has pushed anti-corruption reforms since taking office in May. The new law imposes income reporting requirements on persons holding public office, restricts gifts and makes a variety of amendments to existing anti-corruption legislation. In a …

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by Jake Oresick

The UN General Assembly Wednesday adopted a resolution criticizing human rights violations in Myanmar. The resolution also called for the release of political prisoners, and expressed dissatisfaction with the country's transition to democracy, which, it alleges, has lacked transparency and fairness. An unnamed Myanmar representative in the chamber agreed that human exploitation …

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by Jake Oresick

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Wednesday upheld a district court ruling that two Kentucky statutes regulating interstate wine sales were unconstitutional. The Sixth Circuit agreed that KRS 243.155 and KRS 244.165, requiring out-of-state wine to be purchased in-person, were discriminatory and thus violate the Commerce Clause [Article 1, Section 8, …

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