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Legal news from Monday, September 14, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The 2008 Crime in the US (CIUS) report released Monday by the FBI indicates that the level of violent crime in the US dropped by 1.9 percent between 2007 and 2008. Specifically, between 2006 and 2007, the estimated number of forcible rapes dropped by 1.6 percent to 89,000, the lowest figure in the past 20 years. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday began the trial of former high ranking Bosnian Serb officials Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin. Stanisic, former Bosnian Serb interior minister, and Zupljanin, a former regional police chief, are charged with persecution, extermination, murder, deportation, and torture of non-Serb civilians …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday rejected a $33 million settlement agreement between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Bank of America (BOA). The SEC had charged BOA with misleading investors regarding billions of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama stressed the need for stronger financial industry regulations Monday in a speech marking the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings. Obama warned that signs the economy is beginning to turn around should not cause Wall Street to forget the lessons of the past year, saying "ormalcy cannot …

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by Matt Glenn

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearings Monday in a treaty dispute between Argentina and Uruguay. Argentina argues that a pulp mill built on the Uruguay side of the Uruguay river, which divides the two countries, violates the 1975 Statute of the River Uruguay, a …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

Three men convicted of attempting to smuggle liquid explosives onto airplanes to blow them up were sentenced to life in prison Monday by the Woolwich Crown Court in London. Abdulla Ahmed Ali, the ring leader, was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison, while Assad Sarwar and …

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by Matt Glenn

Bangladesh's Supreme Court recommended against military trials for Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members who took part in February's border guard mutiny, Law Minister Shafiq Ahmed announced Monday. President Zillur Rahman asked for the court's opinion to determine whether the accused should be tried under the Army Act of 1952 or whether …

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by Safiya Boucaud

A specially appointed chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday found former spokesperson Florence Hartmann guilty of contempt for revealing confidential judicial decisions. She was also fined €7,000 to be paid in installments ending in November. Hartmann had been charged [press …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Seoul Central District Court on Monday found Microsoft in violation of South Korea's antitrust laws for bundling software programs with its Windows operating system. The court found the company's bundling practice to be in violation of fair competition rules and disruptive to the market. The court also dismissed a demand by South Korean software company Dideonet …

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