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Legal news from Saturday, November 7, 2009
by Ximena Marinero

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday that Italy is not bound by last week's European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) ruling that displaying crucifixes in a public school classroom violates the European Convention on Human Rights. Berlusconi's remarks were made on the same day that the Council of Ministers …

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by Andrew Morgan

Federal authorities have filed charges against 14 people in connection with insider trading at the hedge fund company Galleon Group, weeks after the arrest of the company's founder. An investigation by the FBI allegedly revealed more than $20 million in illegal profits and led to criminal charges against hedge fund managers, …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled Friday that a law penalizing prostitutes and not their clients is unconstitutional because it undermines equality under the country's constitution. The Social Order and Maintenance Act will have to be amended to meet constitutional fairness requirements, but will remain in effect two years from the date of the decision. Taiwan …

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by Andrew Morgan

Iranian officials covered up the sexual assault of detainees held after the disputed June 12 presidential election, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. HRW documented the rape and sexual assault of three protesters at the hands of Iranian security personnel, including one case which was accompanied by a medical examiner's report. HRW …

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