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Legal news from Friday, July 17, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Friday in favor of three organizations that had challenged the denial of a visa to a controversial Swiss Muslim scholar, reviving their claim. Tariq Ramadan had been invited to teach at the University of Notre Dame in 2004, but the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chinese officials from Beijing's Civil Affairs Bureau on Friday shut down the legal research center of the Gongmeng human rights group. Officials confiscated computers and other equipment, telling staff that the center was not properly registered. A lawyer for Gongmeng said that the research center was part of Gongmeng, …

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by Christian Ehret

Finance expert William Brodsky on Friday called for the merger of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Brodsky and others testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services to discuss Obama administration proposals for financial regulatory reform. The Chicago Board Options …

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by Christian Ehret

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday acquitted opposition leader Nawaz Sharif on charges of hijacking a plane carrying General Pervez Musharraf in 1999. The conviction had barred Sharif from running for office, although the court lifted the ban in May. It was alleged that then-prime minister Sharif ordered Musharraf's …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Boeing engineer Dongfan "Greg" Chung was convicted Thursday of stealing corporate trade secrets related to the US Space Shuttle program and turning them over to China in the first ever trial under the Economic Espionage Act. Chung, a native of China, was tried in the US District Court for the Central …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Senate approved a bill Thursday that would expand hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act would provide federal assistance to state and local authorities to prosecute hate crimes and would allow the federal government to prosecute such crimes that state …

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by Christian Ehret

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit against Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for allegedly misusing FBI background records to obtain information on Republican White House employees during Bill Clinton's presidency. US District Judge Royce Lamberth removed Clinton as a defendant in the case because there was no legal basis to require …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Greek Parliament voted Wednesday to approve legislation that would create a DNA database and allow the use of surveillance cameras in fighting crime. The measure, supported by the ruling conservative New Democracy party, would allow for the collection of DNA samples from all criminal suspects. Upon acquittal, the sample would …

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by Christian Ehret

Former US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel lawyer John Yoo defended warrantless wiretapping in an essay published Thursday by the Wall Street Journal. Yoo was responding to a report released by five government agencies that alleged that the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program …

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by Matt Glenn

Lawyers for ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra challenged the Thai government's decision to seize $2.2 billion of Thaksin's assets during a hearing Wednesday before Thailand's Supreme Court Criminal Division for Political Office Holders. The attorney general claims Thaksin is unusually rich and accused him of making his …

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