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Legal news from Wednesday, January 7, 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday rejected a First Amendment challenge to a City of Los Angeles ban on billboards. Metro Lights, an outdoor advertising company, argued that the ban on billboard advertising was unconstitutional because the city allowed advertising on bus shelters and other …

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by Lucas Tanglen

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday granted the government's motion to hold in abeyance the habeas corpus petitions of two Guantanamo Bay detainees, but only if and when the charges against the pair are referred to military commissions. The detainees, Fouad Mahmoud Al Rabiah …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Assistant US Attorney Marc Litt on Tuesday urged that Bernard Madoff be jailed, in a brief filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Litt alleges that Madoff mailed valuable jewelry to family members in violation of a court order prohibiting him from disposing of or concealing …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Ethiopian Parliament on Tuesday adopted controversial legislation designed to regulate foreign charities. Under the Proclamation for the Registration and Regulation of Charities and Societies, which passed 327 to 79, foreign aid organizations and local groups that receive more than 10 percent of their funding from foreign entities will be …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) on Tuesday announced the release of a revealing and in depth report detailing how lawyers and justice officials within Zimbabwe have allowed the illegal detention and abuse of several political activists. The report points to specific incidents where lawyers for the activists were denied access to their clients and …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday ordered that former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeff Skilling be resentenced for the convictions that stem from his involvement in the collapse of Enron. The three-judge panel upheld all 19 convictions of conspiracy and fraud, but found that the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Five indicted Blackwater USA guards involved in the September 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to federal manslaughter and weapons charges. The guards appeared in the US District Court for the District of Columbia Tuesday after a federal judge in Utah ruled last month [JURIST …

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