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Legal news from Friday, February 13, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

A judge for the Erie County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio issued a permanent injunction Thursday against a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) bylaw that restricted the eligibility of student baseball players who were assisted by legal counsel during negotiations with professional baseball clubs. The case, Oliver v. NCAA, concerned an Ohio resident playing …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced Friday that no charges will be filed against London Metropolitan Police Service ("Met") officers involved in the shooting death of Brazilian immigrant Jean Charles de Menezes in a London Tube station. De Menzes was shot to death by officers in July …

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by Tarah Park

The European Commission (EC) on Thursday reported that Romania has not made sufficient progress in its anti-corruption campaign since its accession to the European Union (EU) two years ago. The EC's report commended initial efforts, such as the drafting of amendments to the Criminal and Civil Codes, but noted that Romania has regressed …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The Kenyan Parliament rejected Thursday two bills that would have established a special national tribunal to deal with cases stemming from the December 2007 post-election violence. The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2009 and the Special Tribunal for Kenya Bill, 2009 were rejected by a vote of 101-93, with …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday called on the new national government of Zimbabwe to reinstate the rule of law and to release all political prisoners who remain in custody illegally. Pillay's statements condemned the gross human rights violations which have allegedly occurred within Zimbabwe, and encouraged the new …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The backlog of cases pending in the Delhi High Court would take more than 460 years to clear, according to the court's annual report. Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah released the report at a press conference Tuesday. According to the report, the Delhi High Court typically hears a case in less than five minutes …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The National Assembly of South Africa voted 232-60 Thursday in support of the decision of President Kgalema Motlanthe to fire the country's chief prosecutor Vusi Pikoli [Who's Who profile]. The vote endorsed the findings of a committee set up to investigate the dismissal. The report determined the firing …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two Pennsylvania judges pleaded guilty Thursday to federal corruption charges filed last month claiming they accepted more than $2.6 million in kickbacks for sentencing teenagers to two private juvenile detention facilities in which they had a financial interest. Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Mark …

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by Christian Ehret

The credibility of the Khmer Rouge trials in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) are at risk from political corruption and interference, according to a report by the Open Society Justice Initiative released Thursday, just days ahead of the high-profile trial …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied Thursday a petition for an en banc rehearing by convicted former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling. Skilling's petition followed a ruling last month by a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit that upheld his previous convictions and ordered him …

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