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Legal news from Monday, October 5, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the conviction of former Qwest Communications CEO Joseph Nacchio on charges of insider trading. The Court denied Nacchio's petition for certiorari without comment, ending his appeals process. Nacchio's conviction was overturned by a panel of …

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by Matt Glenn

Former INTERPOL president and South African police chief Jackie Selebi pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Monday at the start of his trial in the Johannesburg High Court. Selebi is charged with receiving $170,000 in bribes from convicted drug smuggler Glenn Agliotti, who was suspected …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Canadian court on Friday sentenced a member of the "Toronto 18" to seven years in prison for his role in the plot to carry out terrorist attacks in Toronto. Ali Mohamed Dirie pleaded guilty last month to charges of participating in the activities of a terrorist group. Dirie was given credit …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court officially opened its 2009 term Monday, hearing oral arguments in two cases. In Maryland v. Shatzer, the Court heard arguments on whether the Edwards v. Arizona prohibition against interrogation of a suspect who has invoked the Fifth …

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by Matt Glenn

Hamas leaders on Monday condemned the Palestinian Authority (PA) for supporting Friday's decision by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to delay a vote on resolution adopting the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Commission on the Gaza Conflict. The postponed resolution would have also condemned Israel for its refusal …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on Sunday called for constitutional reform in Kenya before the next electoral cycle begins in 18 months. In addition to pressing for constitutional reform, Annan also said there was need for police and judicial reform. Annan's statements came during a trip to Kenya to monitor the progress of the …

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