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Legal news from Wednesday, December 23, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Prominent Chinese rights activist Liu Xiaobo was tried Wednesday on charges of inciting subversion. The trial lasted only two hours and was closed to foreign diplomats. Liu, who spent two years in prison following the Tiananmen Square uprising, has long challenged China's one-party rule, and co-authored Charter 08, a petition calling for political reforms in the …

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by Sarah Miley

Former Argentine president Carlos Menem was indicted by the Federal Court on Tuesday on corruption charges. Menem is charged with overpaying government officials while he was in office from 1989 to 1999. Menem's well-known minister of economy, Domingo Cavallo, was indicted on similar charges. Cavallo is known for his …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Russian Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the 2003 arrest of Platon Lebedev, business partner of former Yukos oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was illegal. The court agreed to review Lebedev's arrest last week after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Argentine court on Tuesday sentenced former judge Victor Brusa to 21 years in prison for crimes against humanity during the country's 1976-83 "Dirty War". The Federal Court of Santa Fe found Brusa guilty of eight counts of crimes against humanity in his capacity as a judicial officer during …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday charged former prime minister Han Myeong-sook with bribery. Han is accused of accepting USD $50,000 from former Korea Express CEO Kwak Young-wook in 2007 in exchange for helping him become president of Korea South-East Power Co., an affiliate of the state-run Korea Electric Power Corporation. Han, a senior adviser to the main …

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by David Manes

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court ruling that Microsoft infringed on a patent of Canadian company i4i with portions of its Word 2007 word-processing software. i4i alleged that Microsoft willfully infringed on patents it held on XML …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The state of Michigan on Monday filed suit in the US Supreme Court against the state of Illinois seeking to close two waterways that allow invasive Asian carp to reach the Great Lakes. Michigan officials fear that the 100-pound fish, which reproduce rapidly, could wipe out native species and destroy …

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