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Legal news from Monday, November 23, 2009
by Hillary Stemple

Reported hate crimes in the US increased by approximately two percent in 2008, the greatest reported increase since 2001, according to the 2008 Hate Crime Statistics released by the FBI on Monday. The FBI reported 7,780 single-bias hate crime incidents in 2008, up from the 7,621 reported in 2007. The …

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by Haley Wojdowski

UK government reports leaked on Sunday revealed many shortcomings in the country's involvement in the Iraq War, some possibly rising to the level of illegality. The documents show that the UK's plans for invasion of Iraq began secretly in February 2002, while former Prime Minister Tony Blair misled the public by saying there …

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by Jay Carmella

The Kenyan Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review unveiled the initial Harmonized Draft Constitution last week. The changes are intended to reduce the widespread injustice throughout the country, and specifically address issues that led to the violence following the 2007 presidential elections. Following the issuance of the draft, the Kenyan …

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by Ann Riley

An Algerian criminal court acquitted former Guantanamo Bay detainees Abdulli Feghoul and Terari Mohamed on Sunday, according to the Algerie Presse Service (APS). Feghoul and Mohamed were repatriated to Algeria in August 2008 after being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for seven years. The …

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by Patrice Collins

A lawyer who represented London-based hedge fund Hermitage Capital in a suit against Kremlin officials alleging theft and fraud died in Matrosskaya Tishina Detention Center in Moscow last week. Hermitage CEO William Browder had hired Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky to represent him from abroad after Browder was declared a national …

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by Zach Zagger

A Chinese court sentenced human rights activist Huang Qi to three years in prison Monday on the charge of illegally holding state secrets. Huang was a critic of the Chinese government's handling of the 2008 earthquake in the Sichuan Province that killed about 90,000 people. After the quake, he posted articles online criticizing the government's …

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by Jonathan Cohen

London's Metropolitan Police Service (Met) and the family of Jean Charles de Menezes on Tuesday announced an end to litigation stemming from de Menezes' death, caused by two Met officers in 2005. No details were given about the compensation awarded to the family:n view of the physical and mental distress caused to …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Afghan attorney general's office announced on Monday that two Afghan cabinet ministers are being questioned on corruption charges. The ministers are suspected of embezzlement and are among 15 government officials currently under investigation. The announcement came a week after President Hamid Karzai vowed in his inaugural address to fight …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania dismissed five civil suits Friday against two Luzerne County, PA judges accused of taking kickbacks in exchange for sentencing juveniles to private detention facilities. Judge Richard Caputo ruled that Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella were immune from civil suits for actions they took as …

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