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Legal news from Wednesday, January 21, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Corley v. United States, the Court heard arguments on whether federal statutory [18 U.S.C. § 3501 text] and case [McNabb-Mallory backgrounder] law require suppression of a confession given more than six hours after arrest …

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by Devin Montgomery

A law requiring Romanian telecommunications companies to retain information on all telephone calls, text messages, and emails went into effect [Nine O'Clock report] on Tuesday. The law requires that basic information like the phone numbers or email addresses involved in the communications be recorded so that prosecutors can access the information if it relates to …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

Proposed amendments to the Russian Constitution extending term limits for the president and members of parliament officially took effect Wednesday when the text of the updated constitution was published in the state newspaper Rossiikaya Gazeata. Under Russian law, constitutional amendments take legal effect the day they are published in …

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by Caitlin Price

The Paris prosecutor's office on Tuesday announced that it has opened an investigation into the French business operations of US financier Bernard Madoff, following accusations of abuse of confidence and fraud. The inquiry was sparked by a French citizen's suit against the Swiss firm UBS for fraud and betrayal of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court issued decisions in five cases Wednesday. The Court ruled unanimously in Pearson v. Callahan that the test for whether a government official is entitled to qualified immunity, established by the Court in 2001 in Saucier v. Katz, is no longer mandatory …

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by Ximena Marinero

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday allowed a second deadline to lapse without filing formal answers to his impeachment charges. The Illinois State Senate established a January 17 deadline to file an answer and a January 20 deadline to seek dismissal of the charges, with impeachment proceedings set to begin …

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by Lucas Tanglen

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday sent a memorandum to agency and department leaders requesting the review of pending regulations that were advanced late in the administration of former US President George W. Bush. The memo, issued just hours into the administration of President Barack Obama, calls for …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

Lawyers for the families of 213 Chinese children sickened or killed by melamine-contaminated milk petitioned the Supreme People's Court , China's highest court, to hear a class action lawsuit against 22 dairy companies involved in the contamination. The petition, mailed last Friday, seeks more than $5 million in compensation from the …

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by Ximena Marinero

US President Barack Obama has an obligation to bring charges against former President George W. Bush and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for ordering illegal interrogation methods at Guantanamo Bay, according to a statement made by UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading …

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by Lucas Tanglen

US President Barack Obama on his first day in office Tuesday directed military prosecutors to pursue a 120-day continuance in military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay against five alleged 9/11 co-conspirators, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The motion cites the new administration's desire to evaluate the …

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