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Legal news from Friday, March 27, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an order Friday setting a July 30 date for the resentencing of former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling and setting up a system for victims to share their accounts with the court. Skilling was …

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by Adrienne Lester

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday passed a resolution condemning Myanmar for human rights violations and calling on the military junta to desist from politically motivated arrests and release nearly 2,100 political prisoners, which include Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The resolution was condemned by countries in …

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by Amelia Mathias

Russian trials decided by juries are currently restricted, creating hopeless situations for those accused of crimes who choose not to plead guilty, according to former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Friday. In a statement released on his defense website, Khodorkovsky, who is currently on trial for embezzlement, expressed his hope that this, his …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

A Mexican appeals court on Thursday affirmed a lower court ruling that absolved former president Luis Echeverria of any criminal responsibility for the 1968 killings of student protesters in Mexico City's Tlatelolco Plaza. The Fifth Criminal Collegiate Court upheld the Third United Criminal Tribunal's July 2007 finding that the act …

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by Devin Montgomery

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko called for constitutional changes to provide more separation between parliamentary and presidential powers during a Thursday interview with Reuters. Tymoshenko said that she believed that the presidency should retain certain powers, but that parliament should be given clear ways to check those powers. She said that by amending the country's constitution …

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by Devin Montgomery

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Thursday said that it has focused on the effects of counter-terrorism efforts and global warming on human rights, as well as effective conflict resolution and the support of international institutions charged with protecting the rights in its Annual Report on Human Rights . Introducing the report, UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that a South Carolina law [SC Code §§ 23-3-600 et seq. text] requiring convicted first degree sex offenders to submit to a DNA test and pay $250 in processing fees prior to their release does not violate the ex post facto clause of …

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by Christian Ehret

The US House of Representatives voted 285-140 Wednesday to approve the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, a collection of more than 160 bills aimed at preserving federal land as wilderness areas, limiting gas and oil development, establishing the National Landscape Conservation System, and various water protection efforts. Among other …

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by Brian Jackson

The Tokyo District Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by 172 teachers and school personnel who were punished for refusing to sing the national anthem and salute the flag at school events. The school staff argued that the punishments, ranging from suspensions and salary reductions to "special retraining", violated their freedom of thought …

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