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Legal news from Thursday, August 6, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court by a vote of 68-31 Thursday. The vote split mainly along party lines, with only nine Republicans voting to confirm. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Jeff Sessions (R-AL) delivered closing remarks before the vote, repeating his previous concerns …

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by Christian Ehret

Former American International Group (AIG) executives on Thursday agreed to settle a suit brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging their involvement in inflating the company's reported financial records. The SEC accused former CEO Maurice Greenberg and former CFO Howard Smith of being "control persons" under the Securities …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the US Navy did not have to disclose the locations and potential blast ranges of explosive artillery stored at a Puget Sound military base. On appeal from a district court's denial of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the court …

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by Ingrid Burke

A bill aimed at banning workplace discrimination motivated by an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identification was introduced in the US Senate on Wednesday by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR). The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), if passed, would protect employees from discriminatory hiring and firing practices, and from segregation or classification on the …

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by Abigail Salisbury

A specially-mandated Indian court on Thursday sentenced three convicted terrorists to death for their roles in the 2003 Mumbai bomb attack that killed 52 people. Late last month, Ashrat Ansari, Hanif Sayed, and Fehmida Sayed were found guilty of conspiracy, murder, and attempted murder, and their defense lawyers plan to appeal …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court ruling reinstating the Roadless Rule, which prohibited the building of roads or the use of roadless lands in National Parks for timber production. The Clinton administration measure was effectively overturned in 2005 by the State Petitions Rule, enacted …

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by Ingrid Burke

Human rights advocates on Wednesday accused Italy of disregarding its obligations under past European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments by deporting terror suspect Ali Ben Sassi Toumi to his native Tunisia. Human Rights Watch (HRW) called the deportation "the latest example of how flouts the absolute ban on such returns." Toumi's deportation was …

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by Andrew Morgan

Former Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA) was found guilty on Wednesday of 11 counts of public corruption. Jefferson was convicted of using his position on the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee to promote the interests of companies involved in development projects in Africa, seeking hundreds of thousands of …

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by Christian Ehret

The Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (DFPR) on Wednesday granted doctors a 90-day grace period for enforcement of the state's parental notification requirement for minors obtaining abortions. The grace period came at the recommendation of the state Medical Disciplinary Board who voted unanimously to forgive "willful" failure to provide notice to a legal …

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