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Legal news from Tuesday, May 12, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The French National Assembly on Tuesday approved an amended version of a controversial internet piracy bill that would cut off internet access for those who repeatedly illegally download copyrighted material by a vote of 296 to 233. The bill, which was defeated last month when only a few lawmakers were present to …

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by Adrienne Lester

The US was elected to a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the first time Tuesday. The US received 90 percent of the votes from the UN General Assembly. In total, 18 countries were elected to the 47-member council responsible for the global promotion of human rights. Countries with questionable …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that President Dmitry Medvedev and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso will discuss a possible peace treaty between the two nations at a G8 summit in Italy in July. Putin spoke at a news conference following talks with Japanese officials during his visit to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Nuremberg trials prosecutor Henry King Jr. died Saturday from cancer at the age of 89. King, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a JURIST Forum commentator on war crimes issues, was one of the last three surviving Nuremberg prosecutors, and …

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by Devin Montgomery

Alabama's Jefferson County Circuit Court on Monday began hearing a $2.6 billion derivative lawsuit brought by HealthSouth shareholders against company founder and former CEO Richard Scrushy for his alleged role in an accounting fraud scheme at the company. The shareholders claim that Scrushy encouraged others to purposefully inflate company profits …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Accused Nazi prison guard John Demjanjuk arrived in Germany Tuesday to face accessory to murder charges for his alleged involvement at the Sobibor concentration camp after being deported by the US. Demjanjuk was deported after exhausting his appeals when US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news …

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by Devin Montgomery

US District Judge Samuel Kent was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison for obstruction of justice [18 USC § 1512(c)(2) text] for lying to a judicial panel investigating sexual harassment allegations against him. Kent was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $6,550 in restitution as part of a plea agreement [text, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

New York lawyer Mark Dreier pleaded guilty Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to fraud charges for perpetrating a scheme that cost investors more than $400 million. Appearing before Judge Jed Rakoff, Dreier pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud, securities fraud, wire …

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