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Legal news from Wednesday, September 23, 2009
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The French parliament gave final approval Tuesday to a new version [text, in French] of a controversial Internet piracy law [text, in French] 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 [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that Governor David Paterson [official website] has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, effectively making Richard Ravitch [NYT profile] the state's lieutenant governor. In a 4-3 decision, the court rejected the argument that Paterson had improperly [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] China appealed an August World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] ruling [text, PDF] Tuesday, arguing that Chinese controls on US imports of books, music, and audiovisual materials do not violate international trade regulations. The dispute [case materials] originally arose in April 2007 when the US filed a complaint over [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [text; press release, PDF] Nemazee Monday on three counts of bank fraud, each of [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan prosecutors filed a new indictment against former president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Wednesday, less than two weeks after Chen was sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] on other corruption charges. The new charge accuses Chen of embezzling $330,000 [Taiwan News report] from funds he [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors for the case against Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] 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 [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The accused leader of the military arm of Basque separatist group ETA [JURIST news archive] refused to make a statement at two hearings in the Spanish National Courts on Tuesday. Mikel Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina [BBC profile] faces a total of 21 charges for attacks and attempted attacks that took [read more]

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