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Legal news from Tuesday, January 6, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday ruled that a lawsuit brought by an Islamic charity that alleged it was the subject of an illegal wiretap by the National Security Agency (NSA) may proceed. Judge Vaughn Walker had previously dismissed the suit, finding …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Human rights group Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) on Tuesday reported that Chinese activist and blogger Chen Qitang was sentenced last month to two-and-a-half years in prison for impersonation and fraud. According to the group, Chen's wife Zhang Yueqing learned of his sentence when she called the Foshan Court in Guangdong Province in order to …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday announced that two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials and JetBlue Airways have paid a $240,000 settlement to a man who claims he was discriminated against on a flight. Raed Jarrar alleged that he was illegally discriminated against based on his ethnicity …

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by Leslie Schulman

An Indonesian court Monday sentenced former legislator Al Amien Nur Nasution to eight years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $23,000 in fines in connection with bribery and blackmail charges. The court found Al Amien, former member of the House of Representatives agricultural and forestry commission, guilty of receiving kickbacks from local businessmen …

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by Leslie Schulman

Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday ruled that the City of Chicago's use of mounted cameras that take pictures of motorists running red lights or making illegal turns does not violate equal protection or due process. More than 200 so-called "red light cameras" have been installed in the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President-elect Barack Obama on Monday nominated four former Clinton-era attorneys to high-level posts within the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Obama has designated Elena Kagan as his pick for Solicitor General, David Ogden to be Deputy Attorney General, Tom Perrelli as Associate Attorney General, and Dawn Johnsen as Assistant Attorney …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The trial for imprisoned Zimbabwe human rights activist and head of Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) Jestina Mukoko was put on hold Monday until she recieves medical care. Mukoko was allegedly tortured and forced to ingest poisons while imprisoned in Chikurubi Maximum Security prison after a judge ordered that she remain in custody …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

A Paris court on Monday began a trial in absentia for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks, for his alleged involvement in a suicide bombing of a Tunisian synagogue located in Djerba in April 2002. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack, in which 21 people …

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