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Legal news from Friday, August 7, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Moscow Military District Court on Friday rejected a petition by prosecutors to allow further investigation into the 2006 shooting death of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The retrial of three men acquitted of involvement in her death began earlier this week with the prosecution asking that the case against Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, …

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by Andrew Morgan

A Canadian Catholic diocese on Friday reached a proposed settlement agreement in a class action suit alleging that diocesan priests sexually abused children. Under the terms of the agreement, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish would establish a CAD $12 million fund from which people who were abused by priests since 1950, or …

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by Andrew Morgan

Voters in Niger overwhelmingly approved a referendum Friday establishing a new constitution that would allow President Mamadou Tandja to remain in office. Among the new constitution's changes is the abolition of a presidential two-term limit, allowing Tandja to remain in office for three more years and to run in any subsequent elections. Tandja argued that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The German Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that children can be required to attend sex education classes, despite parents' religious objections. The suit was brought by Baptist parents who were fined €80 after keeping their two sons home from a school program on sexual abuse and another …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior announced Friday that the country will accept two Syrian Guantanamo Bay detainees in order to aid US efforts to close the facility. According to the statement, US special envoy Daniel Fried met with Portuguese officials in Lisbon …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to accept a $33 million settlement agreement reached this week between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Bank of America. The SEC charged BOA on Monday with misleading investors regarding billions of dollars paid to Merrill Lynch executives …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday rejected an appeal from an Internet domain owner seeking to recover $10 million in damages from an online marketer under the federal CAN-SPAN Act. James Gordon had recruited his friends and relatives to collect thousands of unsolicited emails as evidence that Virtumundo, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An indigenous tribe in Indonesia on Thursday filed a $30 million lawsuit against a subsidiary of US mining company Freeport-McRoRan Copper & Gold for numerous environmental and human rights violations. The Amungme people are suing PT Freeport for damages to their ancestral lands in the Papua province, claiming that they …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chinese authorities on Friday executed the former head of the company that owns the Beijing Capital International Airport, after he was convicted of bribery and embezzlement. Li Peiying, former chairman of the Capital Airports Holding Company, was sentenced to death in February after being convicted of accepting bribes of 26.61 million yuan (USD $3.9 million) …

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by Benjamin Hackman

Japan's first jury trial since World War II ended Thursday, with the Tokyo District Court convicting Katsuyoshi Fujii of murder. A mixed panel of six lay and three professional judges sentenced the 72-year-old Fujii to 15 years in prison for killing his neighbor in May. Fujii's trial began Monday after …

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by Matt Glenn

The security company known formerly as Blackwater Worldwide and its former CEO and founder Erik Prince illegally smuggled weapons into Iraq, indiscriminately killed Iraqi civilians, and committed a number of other crimes, according to sworn affidavits of two former employees filed this week in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia …

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by Matt Glenn

The US plans to implement large-scale changes to its immigration detention system, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday. According to ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton, the goal is to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in jails and jail-like facilities, to improve the living conditions of detainees, and to make sure the …

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