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Legal news from Wednesday, September 23, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The French parliament gave final approval Tuesday to a new version of a controversial Internet piracy law that would suspend users' Internet access after the third violation. The bill was approved by a joint legislative committee of the National Assembly and the Senate by a vote of 258-131. The …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Governor David Paterson has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, effectively making Richard Ravitch the state's lieutenant governor. In a 4-3 decision, the court rejected the argument that Paterson had improperly relied on section 43 of the Public Officers Law …

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by Steve Czajkowski

China appealed an August World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling Tuesday, arguing that Chinese controls on US imports of books, music, and audiovisual materials do not violate international trade regulations. The dispute originally arose in April 2007 when the US filed a complaint over Chinese restrictions allowing certain state-owned companies to reserve the right …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Democratic Party fundraiser Hassan Nemazee, accused of orchestrating a $290 million pyramid scheme, pleaded not guilty to fraud charges Wednesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Federal prosecutors indicted Nemazee Monday on three counts of bank fraud, each of which carries a maximum prison term of 30 years, and …

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by Amelia Mathias

Taiwan prosecutors filed a new indictment against former president Chen Shui-bian Wednesday, less than two weeks after Chen was sentenced to life in prison on other corruption charges. The new charge accuses Chen of embezzling $330,000 from funds he received to travel overseas while president. Chen denies the charge …

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by Amelia Mathias

Prosecutors for the case against Radovan Karadzic in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Tuesday that they would not drop any charges against the accused in order to expedite the case. The UN-appointed tribunal is under pressure to wrap up proceedings within a year and asked prosecutors earlier …

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by Ximena Marinero

The accused leader of the military arm of Basque separatist group ETA refused to make a statement at two hearings in the Spanish National Courts on Tuesday. Mikel Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina faces a total of 21 charges for attacks and attempted attacks that took place between 2000 and 2008, but the proceedings [El Mundo …

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