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Legal news from Monday, November 2, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in three cases. In Jones v. Harris Associates, the Court heard arguments on whether a shareholder must show that a fund's investment adviser misled the fund's directors in order to have a cognizable claim of …

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by Hillary Stemple

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday declared President Hamid Karzai the winner of the presidential election after challenger Abdullah Abdullah withdrew from the runoff election to which both parties agreed last month. Abdullah withdrew from the race on Sunday saying he …

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by Megan McKee

Human rights abuses in Zimbabwe's diamond mining industry were on the agenda Monday at the annual meeting of the Kimberley Process (KP), the global organization dedicated to suppressing trade in so-called "conflict diamonds." The objective of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is to curtail trade in conflict diamonds, or rough diamonds used by insurgencies …

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by Haley Wojdowski

The War Crimes Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Friday convicted former Serbian commander Predrag Kujundzic of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 22 years in jail. The court found Kujundzic in violation of Article 172 (1) h) of the Criminal Code of BiH. The court found that as …

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by Patrice Collins

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Sunday that Mexico's extradition of 11 fugitives to the US on Saturday has brought the number of extraditions this year to a record 100. The individuals face charges ranging from conspiracy to distribute and distribution of narcotics, to money laundering, molestation, and murder. The announcement of the extraditions …

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by Ann Riley

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama objected Monday to plans by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to question military commander General Sarath Fonseka about the alleged war crimes committed during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Fonseka, holding a diplomatic passport and a Green …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In Hamilton, Chapter 13 Trustee v. Lanning [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court limited its grant of certiorari to "hether, in calculating the debtor's 'projected disposable income' during the plan period, the bankruptcy court may consider evidence suggesting that the …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday signed into law a bill that introduces stricter punishments for those convicted of manipulating the stock market. Traders and journalists convicted of market manipulation involving more than 1,000,000 rubles may now face prison time between two and seven years, along with fines. The law passed …

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by Zach Zagger

The Obama administration on Friday filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The suit was brought in July by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and challenges the DOMA on constitutional grounds. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Obama administration, top lawmakers, and news organizations reached an agreement Friday on legislation that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. The compromise version of the Free Flow of Information Act would extend protections to journalists by creating a qualified privilege for those who refuse to disclose …

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