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Legal news from Monday, April 20, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

The Seoul Central District Court on Monday acquitted a South Korean blogger charged with spreading misleading financial information online. Park Dae-sung had been charged with spreading false and misleading financial information for writing that the South Korean government had ordered local banks not to buy US dollars in an effort to stabilize currency. The judge concluded [Korea Times …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Iraq v. Beaty and Iraq v. Simon, the Court will consider whether Iraq has sovereign immunity from the jurisdiction of US courts in cases involving alleged misdeeds that occurred during the …

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by Ingrid Burke

As appeals court in Senegal on Monday ordered the release of nine members of AIDS awareness group AIDES Senegal who had been convicted of sodomy and sentenced to eight years in prison in January. Having been officially charged with acts against nature and the creation of an association of criminals, the men appealed, asserting that police reports …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in three cases. In Bloate v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the Court will consider whether time granted to prepare pretrial motions is excludable under 18 USC § 3161(h)(1), which lists exceptions to the requirement that a criminal defendant be tried within …

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by Benjamin Hackman

Iran's judiciary on Monday ordered fair appellate proceedings for a US journalist convicted this week of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison. Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi said the appeal by journalist Roxana Saberi, a dual US-Iran citizen who was originally arrested for illegally purchasing alcohol, should …

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by Eszter Bardi

Palestinian Hamas authorities should end the systematic detention, torture, and execution of supporters of Israel and the rival Fatah party, according to a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW said the tactics had been documented since December. It said that even though Israel withdrew its forces from …

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by Jay Carmella

The UN Durban Review Conference on racism began on Monday with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressing concerns over the decision by the US and several other countries to boycott the summit. The US, along with Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, and New Zealand, decided to boycott to conference …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

A witness in the trial of former Khmer Rogue leader Kaing Guek Eav, also known as "Duch," testified Monday about his uncle's execution by Kaing and other crimes committed at the prison camp M-13. The witness, Chan Veoun, testified before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) that …

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