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Legal news from Wednesday, March 25, 2009
by Jay Carmella

FBI director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the rise in financial fraud investigations is limiting the ability of the FBI to fight other crimes. Mueller, speaking during the "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" hearing, told Congress that since 2003 public corruption cases have increased more than 58 …

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by Jay Carmella

The Xinhua District Court in China Wednesday accepted the first civil suit seeking damages against a dairy company in connection with the contaminated milk scandal. The lawsuit, which was brought by the family of one of the children who fell ill last year, seeks more than USD $4,500 from the now-bankrupt Sanlu …

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by Christian Ehret

Israel unlawfully and extensively used white phosphorous munitions in their recent Gaza offensive, according to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report maintains that while white phosphorous is allowed to be used to obscure ground operations in open areas and against military targets, international law prohibits …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in United States v. Denedo, in which the Court will consider whether a military appellate court has jurisdiction to entertain a petition for a writ of error coram nobis filed by a former service member …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday in Puckett v. United States that a defendant's claim that the prosecution breached a plea agreement must be raised at trial in order to be reviewable on appeal, according to the plain-error standard under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure …

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by Ingrid Burke

A substantial increase in the number of immigrants detained by the US over the last decade and the length of their detentions "falls short of international human rights law," according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI). AI reported that the number of immigrants detained by US Immigrations and Customs …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday to investigate "abusive credit card practices and bankruptcy". The hearing, chaired by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), was held in conjunction with the proposed Consumer Credit Fairness Act (CCFA) [S. 257 text, PDF], which would disallow bankruptcy claims for consumer credit card debt bearing high …

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by Lucas Tanglen

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington  Monday ordered the revision of a US government regulation [8 CFR § 245.2(a)(2)(i)(B) text] that singles out religious workers applying for permanent residency. Judge Robert Lasnik issued the order in a class action lawsuit brought by workers who argued that waiting for the approval of …

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by Matt Glenn

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Tuesday derided a report to the UN Human Rights Council that accused Israel of human rights violations during its recent military operations in Gaza. The report, authored by UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, criticized Israel for failing to take …

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by Ximena Marinero

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya announced Monday that the government will conduct a poll to determine whether voters are receptive to a November referendum that would establish a Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution. Zelaya's proposed constitutional referendum has created wide controversy, even among members of his own Liberal Party of Honduras (PLH) [party …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a "Proposal for Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act" to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), setting the stage for the first ever federal regulation of greenhouse gases. The proposal, which was …

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