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Legal news from Wednesday, January 20, 2010
by Brian Jackson

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a memorandum directing the heads of government agencies to conduct a review of the tax delinquency status of all companies that compete for federal contracts. Citing a need to protect taxpayer money and a total unpaid tax figure in excess of $5 billion, Obama authorized department heads to review the delinquency …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Berghuis v. Smith, the Court heard arguments on whether there is a constitutional violation when the African-American representation on a jury is disproportionate to the community population. There is a circuit …

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by Haley Wojdowski

A Vietnamese court on Wednesday convicted four democracy activists of subversion. After a one-day trial, prominent human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh was sentenced to five years in prison. Le Thang Long also received a five-year sentence, Nguyen Tien Trung was sentenced to seven years, and Internet entrepreneur Tran Huynh Duy Thuc received a …

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by David Manes

The Supreme Court of Pakistan released its detailed judgment regarding the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) on Wednesday. The ordinance granted President Asif Ali Zardari and 8,000 other government officials immunity from charges including corruption, embezzlement, money laundering, murder, and terrorism between January 1986, and October 1999. A special 17-member panel of …

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by Brian Jackson

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday dismissed a suit against Italy by Palestinian immigrants alleging illegal expulsion from the country. In a statement explaining its decision, the court questioned the existence of at least 34 of the 84 immigrants, and was unable to locate 57 of the individuals. …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Wednesday filed an appeal with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) challenging the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer. Karadzic argued that the trial court erred by not allowing him to choose standby counsel in violation of his right …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the country's plans for enhanced airport security measures and anti-terrorism efforts to the House of Commons on Wednesday. The new security provisions include increasing intelligence information-sharing with foreign agencies and extending the Home Office Watchlist to include both a no-fly list and a list of individuals subject to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously in Kucana v. Holder that a federal statute [8 USC § 1252(a)(2)(B)(ii) text] gives federal courts jurisdiction to review rulings on motions to reopen decisions by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). § 1252(a)(2)(B)(ii) states that no …

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by David Manes

Spokesperson for the First People of Kalahari (FPK) Roy Sesana announced Tuesday that his organization plans to take its land dispute case against the Botswana government to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The FPK is an advocacy group representing San, or Bushmen people who were relocated …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Malaysian Federal Court on Wednesday postponed the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim until February 2 pending their decision on his access to prosecution evidence. Anwar's lawyers appealed to the Federal Court to enforce an earlier High Court order granting access to evidence including recorded witness statements and medical reports. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in South Carolina v. North Carolina that the Catawba River Water Supply Project (CRWSP), and Duke Energy Carolinas may intervene in the water dispute between the two states, but that the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, may not. A special …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 7-2 in Wood v. Allen that a state court reasonably concluded that, during the sentencing phase of a capital case, the defense attorney's failure to present the defendant's impaired mental functioning did not constitute ineffective counsel. The Court affirmed the …

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by Amelia Mathias

Kenya's Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) decided Tuesday not to grant women equal marriage rights to men in the new constitution. References to civil society, religious groups, and rights of gays were also omitted as the PSC reviewed recommendations from the Committee of Experts and decided which to include. The PSC, which is composed of members of …

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by Amelia Mathias

The federal trial of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman with alleged ties to al Qaeda, began Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Siddiqui is charged with assault and the attempted murder of a US officer after allegedly opening fire on agents at the Afghan detention …

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by Jay Carmella

UK-based human rights group Reprieve issued a statement Tuesday suggesting that the Obama administration has suppressed information relating to the investigation of three 2006 Guantanamo Bay suicides and urging further inquiries. The statement comes in response to an article for an upcoming issue of Harper's Magazine, in which former guards at …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that 22 individuals were indicted for violating federal bribery laws in an effort to obtain foreign business contracts. An undercover operation conducted by the FBI found violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which prohibits the bribing of foreign officials for the purpose …

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