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Legal news from Tuesday, April 14, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

JURIST was nominated Tuesday for a prestigious Webby Award as the best Law website of 2009. Called the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the "Webbys" are the leading international awards honoring excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability, and functionality on …

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by Andrew Morgan

Former Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio on Tuesday began serving a six-year sentence for insider trading after the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied Monday his request to postpone imprisonment. Nacchio had argued that his surrender date should be delayed pending an appeal to the …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Tuesday before the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Earlier this month, Blagojevich was indicted on 16 felony counts, including wire fraud, attempted extortion, racketeering conspiracy, extortion conspiracy, and making false statements. Blagojevich pleaded not guilty on all …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The European Commission (EC) formally notified the UK Tuesday that it is starting infringement proceedings against the UK for failure to follow EU Internet privacy and data protection rules. The commission specifically referred to "Phorm", an internet technology used by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) to monitor user web-surfing habits …

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by Brian Jackson

A Thai court on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for 13 leaders of anti-government protests, including former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The warrants were issued a day after Shinawatra called for the overthrow of the Thai government [Al-Jazeera reports] by United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship protesters, who have since ended their protests [Bangkok Post …

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by Amelia Mathias

Members of Fiji's Law Society on Tuesday called for deposed judges to remain in office and resist the current military regime's attempts to oust them. Judiciary confusion and political upheaval have continued in Fiji as lawyers refused to accept the dismantling of the government by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. Working with prime minister …

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by Adrienne Lester

A spokesperson for the Iranian Judiciary announced Tuesday that an imprisoned US journalist was tried on espionage charges Monday. The Revolutionary Court of Iran conducted the trial of Roxana Saberi, accused of passing classified information to US intelligence agencies, in proceedings closed to the public. Saberi was arrested last month after buying a …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari signed legislation Monday that would establish Islamic Sharia law in the volatile North West Frontier Province (NWFP) area of Swat, sending the bill to the Pakistani parliament for approval. The Pakistani government and Islamic militants linked to the Taliban [JURIST news …

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by Eszter Bardi

A three-judge panel for the Minnesota State Court for the Second District on Monday declared  Al Franken the winner of the state's 2008 US Senate race over opponent Norm Coleman. Both candidates had brought claims before the court over absentee ballots in their favor that they said were legally cast but wrongfully rejected. The court …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Chief prosecutor of the Serbian Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said Monday that Serbia would ask the US for the extradition of alleged Nazi war criminal Peter Egner after his US citizenship is revoked. Peter Egner, 86, has admitted to serving in the Nazi-run Security Police and Security Service, a unit which is believed …

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