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Legal news from Monday, November 30, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Graham County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. v. United States ex rel. Wilson, the Court heard arguments on the scope of the public disclosure jurisdictional bar [31 USC § 3730(e)(4)(A) text] …

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by Hillary Stemple

The trial of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk began in Germany on Monday. It marks the first time a Nazi war crimes trial will focus on a low-ranking foreigner rather than a commander. The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk faces 27,900 accessory accounts stemming from his alleged involvement as a guard at Sobibor …

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by Megan McKee

China is considering lifting a 20-year-old ban that keeps foreigners with HIV/AIDS from entering the country, according to a China Daily report Monday. Vice-Minister of Health Huang Jiefu said that he hopes the ban will be lifted before the upcoming Shanghai Expo in May, which is expected to draw four million tourists. China's Ministry of Health [official website, …

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by Patrice Collins

A judge in India on Monday removed the defense lawyer for Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving suspect of last year's Mumbai terror attacks. Specially appointed judge M.L. Tahiliyani removed defense lawyer Abbas Kazmi after finding that Kazmi lied when he denied being informed of …

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by Ann Riley

A former judicial official of China's southwest Chongqing Municipality, Wu Xiaoqing, was found dead Saturday while detained and facing charges for taking a large amount of bribes. In a statement to China Daily, the Chongqing Municipal Government said that Wu's cellmates alerted the guards, who found that while hidden from …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases. In Morrison v. National Australia Bank [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether foreign investors are entitled to bring fraud-on-the-market claims under Section 10(b) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 when the stock purchased …

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by Zach Zagger

An Algerian court on Sunday sentenced Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha to 20 years in prison for being part of an "overseas terrorist group." Belbacha has been cleared for release from the US military prison facility but has said he does not want to return to his home country of Algeria …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Former UK attorney general Peter Goldsmith warned former prime minister Tony Blair that the planned invasion of Iraq could be illegal, according to a letter leaked to the Iraq Inquiry, confirmed by the Daily Mail on Sunday. The July 2002 letter laid out the reasons …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Supreme Court on Monday vacated and remanded a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that required the Pentagon to release photos of abused detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Court remanded Dept. of Defense v. ACLU …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Swiss voters on Sunday approved a proposal to ban the construction of minarets. The results of the nationwide referendum revealed that more than 57 percent of Swiss voters support the constitutional ban against the construction of the Islamic towers. In response to the vote, the Swiss Federal Council stated: The Federal Council and a clear …

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