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Legal news from Monday, March 1, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in three cases, including the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling. In Skilling v. United States, the court heard arguments on whether the federal honest services fraud statute [18 USC § …

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by Patrice Collins

A Spanish National Court judge on Monday accused the Venezuelan government of aiding two rebel groups in a plot to assassinate members of the Colombian government in Spain. Judge Eloy Velasco charged six members of the Basque separatist group ETA and seven members of the Colombian …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

An international court to prosecute crimes against humanity committed by communist regimes should be created by the European Union (EU), the participants of the Prague Crimes of the Communist Regime Conference said in a joint statement Friday. The participants in the conference, organized by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, …

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by Steve Dotterer

The official Iranian press supervisory body on Monday banned reformist daily newspaper Etemaad and moderate weekly magazine Iran Dokht. Etemad is known as one of the few reformist newspapers that continued publishing after the June presidential election. Iran Dokht has ties to defeated opposition presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi. …

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by Ann Riley

The Turkish government will submit a European Union (EU) reform package with proposed constitutional changes to Parliament by the end of March, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, following a meeting of the EU Reform Watch Group. The Watch Group, overseen by Minister and Chief EU Negotiator Egemen Bag?s …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider the case of seven Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay. The court originally granted certiorari in Kiyemba v. Obama to determine whether it is within the power of the judicial branch …

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by Megan McKee

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed habeas corpus petitions on behalf of four detainees held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The first petition, filed Friday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, challenges the detention of Haji Abdul Wahid, a …

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by Dwyer Arce

A Zimbabwean law requiring all foreign-owned companies operating in the country to transfer a majority share to local owners went into effect Monday. The Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Act requires all companies worth more than USD $500,000 to submit information on the racial makeup of their shareholders and a plan for the transfer of a 51 percent …

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by Hillary Stemple

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday to defend himself against charges related to war crimes allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict. Karadzic began his opening statement by denying any plan to expel Muslims from Serbia, and …

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