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Legal news from Saturday, August 22, 2009
by Matt Glenn

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in an opinion unsealed Friday that the US lacks enough evidence to justify the continued detention of Yemeni national Mohammed al-Adahi, granting al-Adahi's petition for habeas corpus. The government argued that al-Adahi, who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST …

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by Matt Glenn

Former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld was sentenced to 40 months in prison Friday for helping a client avoid paying over $7.2 million dollars in taxes. Birkenfeld admitted to helping a California real-estate developer hide $200 million to avoid paying taxes and has cooperated with the government in its investigation of employees of Swiss banks that …

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by Amelia Mathias

The Communist Party of China (CPC) revoked the membership of the former vice-president of the Supreme People's Court on Friday, following a graft and corruption investigation. Huang Songyou, who was originally appointed to the Supreme People's Court in 2002, allegedly took bribes to influence cases and used the profits to live a "corrupt life". …

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by Amelia Mathias

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Friday that Yahoo is not required to pay royalties for songs played over Internet radio. Several recording companies, all owned by Sony Corp, originally sued in 2001, claiming that Yahoo's online radio service, LAUNCHcast, was interactive, requiring the payment of royalty fees, because it allowed …

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