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Legal news from Thursday, November 12, 2009
by Brian Jackson

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) did not violate the free speech rights of former agent Valerie Plame when it prevented her from revealing certain classified information in her recently published memoir. Specifically, Plame and her publisher Simon & …

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by Brian Jackson

Computer microchip manufacturer Intel on Thursday agreed to settle all outstanding legal issues with rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) by paying paying its competitor $1.25 billion. The terms of the settlement were laid out in press releases by both Intel and AMD, with the major provisions being a cessation of three antitrust suits by AMD against …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A Tajikistan native held at Guantanamo Bay has challenged a federal judge's decision to suspend his habeas corpus proceedings after he was cleared for transfer to Tajikistan. Umar Hamzayevich Abdulayev alleges that Judge Reggie Walton of the US District Court for the District of Columbia abused his discretion in staying indefinitely …

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by Dwyer Arce

The likely failure to meet the self-imposed deadline for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is due to several missteps by the Obama administration, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress (CAP). In the report, the CAP criticized the White House for several shortfalls in …

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by Steve Dotterer

A Somali judge known for jailing suspected pirates, human traffickers, and Islamist insurgents was shot dead Wednesday while leaving a mosque in the Puntland city of Bossaso. Judge Mohamed Abdi Aware of the Puntland high court and the Puntland Supreme Judicial Council, had recently jailed four members of the al-Shabaab Islamist group and had …

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by Haley Wojdowski

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday reduced the sentence of former Bosnian Serb general Dragomir Milosevic from 33 years to 29 years in prison. The Appeals Chamber partially affirmed the Trial Chamber's findings and granted Milosevic’s appeal [defense brief, …

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by Megan McKee

Chinese citizens are being abducted by state agents and illegally detained in "black jails" where they are subjected to a host of human rights violations, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). According to the report, the black jails are primarily used to sequester petitioners who come from rural areas to …

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by Christian Ehret

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC pledged Tuesday to end its involvement in social services if a same-sex marriage bill is approved by the city council. The religious organization claims that the bill interferes with its members' religious freedom by forcing them to choose between violating the law or abandoning their beliefs. Although the bill …

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by Ximena Marinero

A Spanish lawyer said Wednesday that she has filed a complaint with the General Council of the Judiciary alleging abuse of power and discrimination after a National Court judge asked her to leave the courtroom for declining to remove her hijab, or Muslim headscarf. Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez asked lawyer Zoubida Barik …

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