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Legal news from Thursday, January 8, 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

Former US Army Pfc. Kimberly Rivera who fled the US for Canada after serving in Iraq announced Wednesday that the Canadian government had ordered her deportation. She, along with her husband and children, had sought asylum on humanitarian grounds to avoid a second tour in Iraq. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney defended …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday directed the attorney general and information minister to review a controversial media bill that gives power to a communication commission to regulate broadcasting with threats of fines or incarceration. The Communications Amendment Bill of 2008, which was signed into law by Kibaki on Friday, allows …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Turkish police on Wednesday arrested approximately 40 people, including three retired generals, in an investigation of an alleged plot to overthrow the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Police searched the home of the country's former top prosecutor, Sabih Kanadoglu. Police also arrested the former head of the police anti-terror unit, a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President-elect Barack Obama will appoint Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, according to reports Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Sunstein will be responsible for governmental regulations and will deal with issues including changes to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Spanish court on Thursday began the trial of three Basque leaders accused of meeting illegally with members of the Batasuna party to negotiate a ceasefire with the illegal Basque separatist group ETA. Basque President Juan Jose Ibarretxe and two senior members of the Basque branch of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's party met …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) on Thursday announced that it will open an investigation into the UK business operations of US financier Bernard Madoff to determine whether any criminal offenses have been committed in the UK. The focus will be on victims in the UK, and the SFO has asked that …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The US Army on Wednesday announced that Sgt. John Hatley will be court-martialed for his alleged role in the killings of four Iraqi citizens in April 2007. Hatley, along with soldiers Sgt. Michael Leahy, Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class John Mayo, was charged in September with premeditated murder, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice. …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Tuesday ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had overstepped its interpretive authority by classifying certain pesticides as exempt from a permitting process allowing for their discharge into water. Eleven environmental and industry interest groups brought suit against the EPA, appealing the final rule …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Chinese government on Wednesday warned that pressing war crimes charges against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in the International Criminal Court (ICC) would have "disastrous" consequences on the implementation of a peace process in Darfur. Citing fears that an indictment would limit Bashir's legitimacy in negotiations and that Sudan …

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by Andrew Morgan

Taiwan's High Court on Thursday rejected the appeal of former president Chen Shui-bian protesting the court's previous decision to detain him while he awaits trial on corruption charges. Chen's detention was ordered last month after the High Court overruled a decision by a Taiwanese district court …

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