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Legal news from Thursday, February 4, 2010
by Zach Zagger

The New York Office of the Attorney General on Wednesday filed civil charges against Bank of America (BOA), former CEO Ken Lewis, and former CFO Joseph Price, alleging that the bank misled investors in order to acquire financial firm Merrill Lynch. The complaint alleges that Merrill Lynch had significant losses in the …

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by Sarah Miley

A Spanish Supreme Court judge ruled on Thursday that National Court judge Baltasar Garzon may have exceeded his jurisdictional authority when he launched an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. In October 2008, Garzon ordered the exhumation of …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Italian Chamber of Deputies approved a bill Wednesday that would allow cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, to postpone criminal proceedings against them on the grounds that they would interfere with official duties. The legislation, passed by a vote of 316-239 [Corriere Della Sera report, …

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by Haley Wojdowski

The president of China's Supreme People's Court, Wang Shengjun, called Wednesday for increased efforts to fight corruption in the country's court system. While Shengjun noted that progress has been made, he said that efforts must continue to establish a system to prevent and punish instances of corruption in the …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

Spokesperson for Iraq's Shi'ite government Ali Al-Dabbagh said Thursday that a decision by an appeals court to allow candidates with suspected ties to the outlawed Baath party to run for office is illegal and unconstitutional. Under Wednesday's decision by the appeals panel of the Iraqi electoral commission, some 500 candidates who …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday defended his decision to charge suspected terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called Christmas Day bomber, in US federal court. Holder, who has resisted calls from high-level Republicans to try Abdulmutallab in front of a military tribunal, said that the civilian criminal justice system …

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by Matt Glenn

A jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday convicted Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman with alleged ties to al Qaeda, on charges of attempting to murder US personnel at the Afghan facility where she was being held. Prosecutors claimed that while in US custody …

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by Matt Glenn

An Amsterdam trial court ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to try right-wing politician Geert Wilders for statements against Islam. The court rejected Wilders's claim that he should be tried by the Supreme Court as a member of parliament, finding that Wilders's alleged crime was committed …

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