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Legal news from Tuesday, March 10, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

US President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Monday that proposes to limit the use of attaching presidential signing statements which raise constitutional or other legal questions before bills are signed into law. The memorandum suggested parameters for the disregard of statutory provisions based solely on differences in policy, yet at the same time …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Turkish police on Tuesday arrested 56 people charged with plotting to overthrow the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), including two retired generals. They were arrested after the Istanbul prosecutor issued an indictment linking them to the Ergenekon group case. The group is allegedly responsible for bombing the headquarters of the newspaper Cumhuriyet …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Italian government on Tuesday asked the country's Constitutional Court to dismiss kidnapping charges against US and Italian intelligence officers, arguing that allowing the case to go forward would harm the country's national security interests. The case involves 26 Americans being tried in absentia and five former Italian intelligence officials charged in the 2003 abduction and rendition …

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by Christian Ehret

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi that challenged his confinement based on a request from al-Sharbi himself. According to al-Sharbi's attorney, Judge Emmet Sullivan made the decision after a private hearing …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Spain's General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) on Tuesday said that there will be an investigation into the failure of Judge Baltasar Garzon to report his earnings while on sabbatical in the US. Garzon, famed for indicting Osama bin Laden and former Latin American dictator Augusto Pinochet, …

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by Christian Ehret

The Supreme People's Court of China will take steps to eliminate judicial corruption, according to a report delivered Tuesday to second session of the Eleventh National People's Congress by Chief Justice Wang Shengjun. Wang reported that that 712 court officials were punished for misconduct in 2008 and that such …

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by Ximena Marinero

Head of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Ziaul Islam said Tuesday that there are no plans in place to lift the ban on several websites that have posted a recording in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is criticized by army officers over how she handled the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny …

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by Ximena Marinero

A group of lawyers called Monday for the formation of an International Finance Court to adjudicate the issues around the Bernard Madoff fraud case. The Madoff Case Global Alliance of Law Firms, established last month at a meeting in Spain, aims to form an international network to facilitate sharing information and …

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