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Legal news from Tuesday, December 22, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Lithuanian Parliament National Security Committee reported Tuesday that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) established two secret prisons for al Qaeda suspects in the Baltic country. Lawmakers demanded the investigation in October after ABC News reported in August that former CIA officials said that Lithuania provided the …

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by Steve Dotterer

Beijing police issued a formal arrest warrant Monday for a man who organized a website for parents whose children became ill from drinking tainted milk last year. Zhao Lianhai has been charged with picking quarrels and provoking trouble. Zhao's website, "Kidney Stone Babies", furnishes information and resources for parents whose …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Bosnia's constitution illegally discriminates against ethnic minorities by not allowing them to run for high political office. The Bosnian Constitution distinguishes between "constituent peoples," which include Bosniacs, Croats, and Serbs, and "others," which include Jews, Roma, and other ethnic minorities. Only "constituent …

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by Christian Ehret

Sudanese lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a law addressing how a 2011 referendum for southern independence will be conducted. Agreed to earlier this month by leaders of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of President Omar al-Bashir and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) of Salva Kiir, the referendum …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections said Monday that the state will begin transferring prisoners out of state to reduce prison overcrowding. State officials will transfer 2,000 prisoners [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report], with 1,000 going to a facility in Michigan and another 1,000 going to a Virginia prison. The transfers are scheduled to …

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by Christian Ehret

Mexico City's local assembly approved a same-sex marriage law on Monday, seeking to extend equal rights to gay couples throughout the city. The proposed legislation would allow for marriage, adoption, inheritance, and other human, economic, and social rights. The provisions also seek to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. Mexico City …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam and former hedge fund consultant Danielle Chiesi pleaded not guilty Monday to insider trading charges. The pair were indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on charges of conspiracy and securities fraud for their alleged role in the largest hedge …

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