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Legal news from Thursday, October 1, 2009
by Brian Jackson

Judge Royce Lambeth of the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday released a 191-page opinion expressing frustration with the inability of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism to receive their court-ordered judgments. In the opinion, Lambeth discussed the more than 1,000 plaintiffs who have received awards totaling over $9 billion, and the lack …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Criminal Chamber of the Peruvian Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced former president Alberto Fujimori to six years in prison for multiple counts of illegal wiretapping and bribery. Fujimori is to serve his sentence concurrently with the sentences from his three other convictions. In the fourth and final trial pending against …

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by Andrew Morgan

Georgia violated international law when it shelled the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali in August 2008, according to a report released Wednesday by a European Union-backed commission. The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG) concluded that "it is not possible to accept" that the armed response by Georgian forces to the buildup …

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by Brian Jackson

The Obama administration on Wednesday informed Congress that it objects to a proposed journalist shield law that would protect journalists who refuse to disclose sources that leak national security information. Under changes proposed by the administration, a reporter who provides leaked information that is deemed relevant to national security would not be protected by the Free Flow …

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by Andrew Morgan

Associated Press CEO Tom Curley told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that passage of the OPEN FOIA Act is a necessary first step to counter the "secrecy reflex at some agencies." At a hearing, Curley said that the use of section b(3) of the Freedom of Information Act, which …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday added 10 cases to its 2009 docket. In addition to taking a case dealing with the Second Amendment and another on a controversial terrorism law, the Court also granted certiorari in eight other cases. In Berghuis v. Thompkins [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the …

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by Ximena Marinero

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced Wednesday that the ICC will prosecute the most responsible parties for the December 2007 Kenyan post-election violence now that Kenya's September 30 deadline to establish an appropriate tribunal has lapsed. Because Kenya is party to the Rome Statute, Moreno-Ocampo …

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