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Legal news from Tuesday, August 11, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

The US District Court for the Southern District of California on Tuesday dismissed a consumer class action lawsuit against telecommunications company Qualcomm. Christopher Lorenzo sued Qualcomm in November, alleging that the chipset manufacturer holds patents on technologies necessary for CDMA cellular networks, and has used the licensing of these technologies to …

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by Andrew Morgan

A German district court on Tuesday sentenced former Nazi army officer Josef Scheungraber to life in prison for the 1944 reprisal killing of 10 Italian civilians. Scheungraber was convicted of 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for ordering soldiers to blow up a barn in Falzano di Cortona, Tuscany, after forcing …

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by Andrew Morgan

A military tribunal has ruled that lawyers for accused 9/11 co-conspirator Ramzi bin al-Shibh will not be made aware of what interrogation techniques were used on him by the CIA prior to his transfer to Guantanamo Bay, according to a Monday report by the Miami Herald. Bin al-Shibh's military defense lawyer, Navy Commander Suzanne Lachelier, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Monday that former Westar Energy CEO David Wittig and former Chief Strategy Officer Douglas Lake may face a third trial on charges of conspiracy. The court found that the third trial would not necessarily be barred by the double jeopardy …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Bangkok Criminal Court on Tuesday refused to extradite a suspected Russian arms trafficker to the US to face prosecution for supplying weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In denying the extradition request, Judge Jitakorn Patanasiri said that the accusations made against Viktor Bout by the US were not cognizable …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Myanmar court on Monday convicted opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi of violating the terms of her house arrest, sentencing her to an additional 18 months under house arrest. Suu Kyi had been charged with violating state security laws by allowing an American to stay with her after he swam across a …

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