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Legal news from Tuesday, January 19, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In the combined cases of Mac's Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co. and Shell Oil Products Co. v. Mac's Shell Service, Inc., the Court heard arguments on whether a service …

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by Hillary Stemple

The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 telephone records between 2002 and 2006 by claiming the phone calls being made related to possible terrorism emergencies, according to a Washington Post report Tuesday. According to the article, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will soon release a report that is expected to …

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by Sarah Miley

Slovakia's Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday that the government will accept three inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The ministry stated that this was a "gesture of solidarity" in support of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. The US Embassy in Slovakia released a statement stating:The United States welcomes the announcement …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

An appeals court in Malaysia ruled on Tuesday that the country's ban on sodomy is constitutional. The court made the ruling while considering the appeal of Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahaman, who was convicted of sodomizing a 14-year-old boy and sentenced to 60 years imprisonment. Abdul Rahim claimed the intercourse with the boy was consensual, but the court …

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by Sarah Miley

The UK Iraq Inquiry released a 2002 letter on Tuesday from former UK attorney general Peter Goldsmith to former secretary of defense Geoffrey Hoon in which Goldsmith warned the Cabinet that the Iraq invasion was not supported by international law. The letter stated that Goldsmith was having "considerable difficulty" supporting a …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Former vice president of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) Huang Songyou was convicted on bribery and embezzlement charges on Tuesday and sentenced to life imprisonment. Huang is the highest-ranking judge to be charged with corruption since the founding of the People's Republic of China. Between 2005 and 2008, Huang allegedly …

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by Hillary Stemple

Former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine signed the "Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana" bill on his last full day in office Monday, legalizing the use of medical marijuana in the state. The bill allows doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, muscular dystrophy, …

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by Ann Riley

The British Government announced Monday plans for a new scheme to compensate victims of terrorist attacks abroad. Home Secretary Alan Johnson introduced the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme as part of the Crime and Security Bill that is currently before Parliament. The scheme will be limited to British nationals who sustain …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday issued two per curiam opinions, remanded the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and denied a preliminary injunction to Michigan in a dispute over Asian carp. The Court granted certiorari in Beard v. Abu-Jamal and granted the respondent's motion to proceed in forma …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Monday that the US will allow Haitian orphans into the country to receive needed care in the aftermath of last week's earthquake. The humanitarian parole policy, which grants individuals temporary admission to the US in emergency cases, will apply to certain …

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by Megan McKee

The Spanish High Court on Monday ordered the extradition of pilot Julio Alberto Poch so that he may be tried in Argentina for his alleged role in the nation's 1976-83 "Dirty War". Poch was a navy officer at Argentina's Naval Mechanics School, one of the most notorious …

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