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Legal news from Monday, April 27, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Nijhawan v. Holder, the Court will consider whether convictions for mail, bank, and wire fraud qualify as an aggravated felony under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), where the amount of …

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by Safiya Boucaud

UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced Monday that the British government will not be establishing a central government database to keep records of phone calls, emails, and Internet activity, instead leaving that job to private communications providers. The British government abandoned the central database approach due to potential privacy implications and instead has proposed that …

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by Ingrid Burke

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told reporters Monday that the controversial Shi'ite personal status law, which limits women's rights, is being amended by the country's Justice Ministry. Monday's statement at a press conference with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown came one day after Karzai told female members of …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In NRG Marketing, LLC v. Maine Public Utilities Commission [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the Court will consider whether the Sierra-Mobile doctrine applies when an entity not party to an interstate electricity contract contests the contract as not being "just and …

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by Benjamin Hackman

The Bangladeshi state prosecutor said Monday that he is seeking to drop two of several corruption charges pending against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina because they were politically motivated. State prosecutor Abdullah Abu said the two charges, as well as charges against other officials, were filed to harass leaders. Abu also said petitions to drop 50 …

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by Eszter Bardi

Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki denounced on Sunday a US military raid in Iraq as violating the bilateral Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). The agreement states that any military offensives by the US are to be performed in accordance with Iraqi laws and prior notice of any military operations …

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by Jay Carmella

Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reiterated his calls for a non-partisan truth commission to investigate Bush administration officials responsible for authorizing certain interrogation techniques during an interview with CBS Sunday. Leahy said the focus of the commission should not be vengeance, but rather …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Wireless communications company Qualcomm Inc. reached a settlement in a lengthy legal battle with rival firm Broadcom, under which it will pay Broadcom $891 million. Under the terms of the settlement, the companies agree not to assert patents against each other for their respective integrated circuit products and certain other products and services, …

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