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Legal news from Monday, February 2, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate on Monday voted 75-21 to confirm Eric Holder to serve as Attorney General. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 to approve Holder's nomination. Monday's debate over Holder's confirmation was partisan at times with committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) denouncing Republican senators such as …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US State Department  announced Monday that it has instituted sanctions against Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean arms companies for violating US rules against the spread of weapons and missile technology. Under the sanctions, the companies are banned from trading with the US or US companies. The sanctions were imposed under the Arms Export Control …

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by Tarah Park

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo  has said that his office is considering arguments that the court may have jurisdiction over war crimes Israeli troops have allegedly committed in the Gaza Strip, according to a Monday report in the Times of London. Moreno-Ocampo had earlier said that ICC did not have jurisdiction  over the alleged crimes because …

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by Jay Carmella

The trial of Chinese human rights activist Huang Qi, an outspoken critic of the Chinese government's response to the earthquake in the Sichuan Province, originally set for Tuesday, will now be delayed. A Chinese court on Monday scheduled the trial date for Tuesday, leaving Huang's attorney less than 24 hours to prepare his defense and prompting an …

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by Jay Carmella

The British government intends to present legislation that would allow for members of the House of Lords to be removed for improper behavior, according to a statement by UK Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor Jack Straw during a Sunday interview with BBC Radio 4. The announcement comes a …

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