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Legal news from Saturday, April 11, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

Mohammad Asif Mohseni, a key Shi'ite cleric in Afghanistan, defended a controversial law Saturday that critics say limits women's rights in the country. The measure, called the Shi'ite Personal Status Law, was signed into law last month by President Hamid Karzai, but the law has yet to be published. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A federal judge ruled Friday that investors who lost money in Bernard Madoff's alleged Ponzi scheme can force Madoff into personal bankruptcy to recover lost funds. The ruling from Judge Louis Stanton of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York removes a restriction on Madoff's bankruptcy that was established by …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama, the head of the Fijian military, was reappointed Saturday as prime minister of the country by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo a day after Iloilo suspended the country's constitution following a Thursday ruling by the Fiji Court of Appeals that declared Bainimarama's original appointment as …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The administration of US President Barack Obama will appeal a ruling made last week by Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia that allowed detainees being held by the US in Afghanistan to proceed with habeas corpus challenges to their detention. Word of the appeal came Friday …

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