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Legal news from Monday, December 28, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced pro-democracy dissident Tran Anh Kim to five and a half years in prison for subversion under Article 79 of the Vietnamese penal code. During a four-hour trial Kim admitted being to member of the banned groups Democracy Party of Vietnam and Bloc 8406. He could have faced the death …

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by Haley Wojdowski

US President Barack Obama on Monday announced steps the federal government is taking to address air travel security following the Friday attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. He said that as soon as the attempted attack was discovered, officials increased screening requirements and increased the number of air marshals …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Department of Justice has begun investigating political donations and other connections between billionaire financier Allen Stanford, accused of defrauding investors out of $7 billion, and US lawmakers, according to a Sunday report by the Miami Herald. Stanford donated over $2.3 million to lawmakers' campaigns and …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Philippine Department of Justice (PDOJ) on Monday began the trial of over 600 people charged with rebellion for allegedly interfering with government operations following the November killings of 57 in the country's semi-autonomous province of Maguindanao. All but five of the accused missed a Monday deadline to respond to the …

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