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Legal news from Friday, June 19, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Texas financier Allen Stanford appeared Friday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, after being indicted on fraud and obstruction charges related to a $7 billion fraud scheme. Stanford, through his investment companies Stanford International Bank (SIB), Stanford Group Company (SGC) and Stanford Capital Management (SCM), …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Irish government agreed Friday to hold another referendum on the European Union (EU) reform treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty, after EU leaders agreed to certain concessions. At a conference in Brussels, members of the Council of the European Union agreed to legal guarantees that the Lisbon Treaty would …

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by Christian Ehret

The arrests of protesters in Iran may not conform with the law, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay said Friday, expressing concern over the increasing number of reported arrests. Classifying freedom of expression and assembly as "fundamental human rights," Pillay commended the peaceful and dignified nature of the protests that followed …

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by Christian Ehret

A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota found Thursday that a Minnesota woman had violated music copyrights and assessed damages at $80,000 per song for 24 songs, totaling $1.92 million. In a retrial, Jammie Thomas-Rasset was found to have willfully violated copyright law in sharing songs on the file-sharing program KaZaA …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Peruvian Congress voted Thursday to repeal controversial land laws that had led to indigenous protests and violent clashes last week when police attempted to disperse groups blocking access routes. Last week, the congress temporarily suspended legislative decree 1090, the Forest and Wild Fauna Law …

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by Christian Ehret

Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki created a special committee Thursday to investigate alleged abuse and torture in the country's prisons. Comprised of eight members, the committee reportedly includes representatives from human rights and judicial government agencies and security ministries. The panel will report its findings to al-Maliki within two weeks. The …

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by Christian Ehret

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit Thursday against the US government, challenging the establishment of isolated cells within federal prisons that were allegedly created in violation of federal law. Filed against US Attorney General Eric Holder and two Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officials, the complaint alleges that the so-called …

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by Matt Glenn

The US House of Representatives passed a spending bill Thursday that denied the Obama administration's request for $60 million to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and placed limits on the government's ability to transfer detainees to the US and release detainees to foreign countries. The first 2010 spending bill, which was approved …

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by Benjamin Hackman

The US Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and racial segregation. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced and sponsored the concurrent resolution, which will next be voted on by the US House of Representatives. The resolution reads in part:The Congress—(A) acknowledges the fundamental …

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by Matt Glenn

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy was found liable to the company's shareholders for fraud Thursday by Judge Allwin Horn of Alabama's 10th Judicial District and ordered to pay $2.88 billion. The plaintiffs claimed that Scrushy encouraged others to purposefully inflate company profits in order to …

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by Benjamin Hackman

The War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court on Thursday convicted four former members of a Serbian paramilitary group for the killings of 14 Kosovo Albanians in 1999, handing down sentences ranging from 15 to 20 years. The court concluded that Zeljko Djukic, Dragan Medic, Dragan …

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