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Legal news from Saturday, March 20, 2010
by Ximena Marinero

Spain should repeal its 1977 amnesty law that bars investigation and prosecution of crimes committed under the Franco regime rather than "prosecuting a judge seeking accountability for past abuses," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. HRW called for Spain to comply with the 2008 recommendation from the UN Human Rights Committee …

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by Ximena Marinero

A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday rejected a proposed settlement to address the claims of people with illnesses from working on the World Trade Center (WTC) in the months following 9/11. Judge Alvin Hellerstein cited concerns over the fairness of claim amounts …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Friday that the Federal Reserve must release information about loans it made to banks during April and May 2008, a key moment in the financial crisis. The information was sought by Bloomberg News under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The …

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by Gabriela Forbes

The criminal court of Evry on Thursday convicted 14 members of neo-Nazi group Nomad 88. The defendants faced charges for their participation in a combat group, the illegal detention of weapons and explosives, and their responsibility in a shoot-out in 2008. The two leaders of the group, Camille Farout and Thomas Coumont, were sentenced …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The Turkish government indicted 33 people Friday on charges of attempting to overthrow the government and establish military rule. The accused, some of whom include high-ranking military officials, are alleged to have plotted with a secret group called Ergenekon to assassinate prominent members of Turkey's Christian and Jewish minority groups, blame Islamic …

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