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Legal news from Wednesday, September 9, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

The trial of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic is scheduled to begin October 19, according to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Wednesday. Presiding Judge O-Gon Kwon said the trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader is likely to last between two-and-a-half to three …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court reheard oral arguments Wednesday in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to determine whether two precedent cases that uphold restraints on corporate election spending should be overturned. The two cases, Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce and McConnell v. Federal …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a district court decision upholding the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA), which requires members of Congress to disclose more information about their fund-raising efforts and gifts they receive from lobbyists, and also prohibits …

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by Amelia Mathias

Former Bosnian Serb leader Momcilo Krajisnik has been transferred to the UK to serve his 20-year prison sentence, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Tuesday. Krajisnik was originally sentenced to 27 years in 2006, but his sentenced was reduced to 20 years in March …

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by Amelia Mathias

The Buenos Aires Appeals Court in Argentina overturned the dismissal of murder charges against former president Fernando de la Rua on Tuesday. The charges were dismissed in April by Judge Claudio Bonadio after he said that the prosecution had not established sufficient evidence to show that de la Rua initiated the chain of …

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by Ximena Marinero

The German Bundestag unanimously passed a law Tuesday overturning the conviction of Nazi-regime "war traitors." Among those whose names have been cleared are resistance fighters, people who aided Jews, and even people who were convicted for speaking in critical terms about the regime. The law clears the convictions [FOCUS report, …

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by Ximena Marinero

The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Tuesday ordered Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) to conduct a partial recount of votes from polling stations with high irregularities. According to ECC investigations:The overwhelming majority in which the ECC found clear and convincing evidence of fraud were also characterized by either an exceptionally high …

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