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Legal news from Tuesday, June 2, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

A court in China's Yunnan Province on Tuesday sentenced three executives from a Chinese chemical company for polluting Yangzonghai Lake. Chengjiang Jinye Industry and Trade Company chairman Li Dahong was sentenced to four years in jail and fined 300,000 yuan ($44,000 USD) by the Chengjiang County Basic Level Court, while general …

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by Christian Ehret

An Iraqi court Tuesday convicted and sentenced an Iraqi man to life in prison for the 2004 kidnapping and killing of British aid worker Margaret Hassan. Ali Lutfi al-Rawi, allegedly a member of a gang that kidnapped and killed Hassan in Baghdad, pleaded not guilty to the charges. After a hearing in Baghdad's Central Criminal Court, …

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by Andrew Morgan

A Pakistani court on Tuesday ended the house arrest of the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Pakistani militant group suspected of carrying out the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack. The Lahore High Court said that there was insufficient evidence linking Hafiz Muhammad Saeed or his charity group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), …

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by Andrew Morgan

A team of investigators from the UN Human Rights Council arrived in Gaza Monday to begin examining alleged violations of international human rights law during December and January's fighting between Israel and Hamas. The team is headed by former South African Constitutional Court judge Richard Goldstone, who was also the chief prosecutor at the International …

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by Christian Ehret

Former Enron executive Kevin Howard pleaded guilty Monday to falsifying books and records in relation to Enron's broadband service. The plea resulted from accusations that Howard indirectly caused the false recording of revenue earnings for Enron by failing to disclose material facts to outside accountant Arthur Andersen and Oregon …

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by Andrew Morgan

A federal court on Monday stayed habeas corpus challenges brought by three detainees held at Bagram Air Base pending appeal. Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion filed in April by the government asking that he certify …

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by Christian Ehret

The decision to not release photographs allegedly depicting detainee abuse followed warnings from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that releasing the photos would cause more violence and could delay the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, according to a McClatchy report published Monday. According to the report, Maliki warned that …

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by Christian Ehret

US Attorney General Eric Holder said that appropriate steps would be taken to help prevent acts of violence related to the Sunday shooting of abortion doctor George Tiller. Holder has enlisted the US Marshal Service to offer protection to other at-risk people and facilities in the country. Additionally, Holder maintained that the …

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by Andrew Morgan

A California court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law that prohibits discrimination based on gender orientation or identity in public schools. Judge Shelleyanne Chang of the Sacramento County Superior Court said that the challenge to California Education Code sections 220 and 210.7 brought by Advocates for Faith and Freedom …

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by Eszter Bardi

The Moscow City Court on Monday rejected the appeals of former Yukos chief executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his former business partner Platon Lebedev. The court dismissed all appeals from the preliminary hearings concerning the second set of embezzlement, oil theft, and money laundering charges …

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by Jay Carmella

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied the government's motion on Monday to keep sealed unclassified judicial records connected to the imprisonment of Guantanamo Bay detainees. Judge Thomas Hogan ruled that the public has both First Amendment and common law rights to access the unclassified documents. …

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