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Legal news from Thursday, August 13, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

Pakistan's Awami National Party (ANP) will support Article 6 treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf, according to a Thursday Daily Times report. Although it is part of the ruling coalition government of President Asif Ali Zardari, ANP Vice President Haji Adeel said that the decision to propose charges …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN and Cambodian officials on Wednesday announced the establishment of an independent counselor to oversee anti-corruption efforts at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The parties mutually agreed to appoint Cambodian Auditor General Uth Chhorn to the position. According to a joint statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Thursday affirmed the conviction of publisher Ramazan Esergepov, sentenced to three years in jail for revealing state secrets in his newspaper. Esergepov was convicted on Saturday for publishing communications purporting to show a connection between the Kazakh business community and the country's intelligence bureau, the National …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Argentine general Santiago Omar Riveros was convicted of human rights abuses Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 15-year-old Floreal Avellaneda and the detention of his mother during the country's military dictatorship. From 1976 to 1983, a period known as the "Dirty War", an estimated 20,000-30,000 people were forcibly …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered the release of 20 men and the retrial of 6 others convicted in connection with the 1997 massacre in Acteal, Chiapas of 45 rebel sympathizers at a Catholic prayer meeting. The court found that the 2002-2007 convictions on charges of …

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by Devin Montgomery

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday held that Microsoft has infringed on a patent of Canadian company i4i with portions of its Word 2007 and 2003 word-processing software. Judge Leonard Davis enjoined the company from selling the infringing programs and upheld a jury award …

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by Devin Montgomery

Right-wing nativist and so-called "patriot" anti-government militias are again on the rise in the US, according to a Wednesday report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC said that such groups, which had declined severely since the 1990s, are generally anti-tax, anti-immigration, and increasingly racially motivated since the election of the …

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by Brian Jackson

The US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday enjoined the technology company RealNetworks from selling its DVD copying software, RealDVD. Judge Marilyn Patel held that the RealDVD software violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and rejected RealNetwork's fair use defense. Patel did not not entirely dismiss the …

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