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Legal news from Tuesday, March 30, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Dillon v. United States, the court heard arguments on whether the federal sentencing guidelines are binding when a federal judge imposes a new sentence. Under the Supreme Court's 2005 ruling …

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by Sarah Miley

The French Council of State on Tuesday advised the French government that a complete ban on full Islamic veils risks violating the French Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. The government requested that the council, the country's highest administrative court, review the proposed ban before drawing up …

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by Ann Riley

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday threatened to imprison the head of the country's corruption agency for failing to meet a 24-hour deadline to reopen several corruption cases. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry gave National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Naveed Ahsan and acting Chairman Irfan Nadeem another day to …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Paris Appellate Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's 2008 decision finding French oil company Total and several other defendants criminally liable for an oil spill that occurred of the coast of Brittany in 1999. The court also increased the fine against the defendants from 192 million euros …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 7-2 in Graham County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. v. United States ex rel. Wilson that whistle-blowers cannot bring suit under the False Claims Act to recover misspent government funds if the information used in the lawsuits came from …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday proposed amending the country's terrorism legislation in the wake of Monday's twin suicide bombing attacks on Moscow subway stations. In televised remarks, Medvedev said: We need to focus on improving legislation aimed at preventing acts of terrorism, on the work …

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by Tara Tighe

The High Court of Australia on Tuesday ordered that alleged Serbian war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic be extradited to Croatia to face prosecution. Vasiljkovic, an Australian citizen also known as Daniel Snedden, is accused of war crimes occurring during the 1991-1995 Croatian war of independence. The high court's decision overturns …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in Berghuis v. Smith that a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to a jury drawn from a fair cross-section of the community was not violated when the African-American representation on the jury was disproportionate to the community population. The …

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by Ann Riley

An Illinois Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled Monday that the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 is constitutional. While lifting the temporary restraining order on the law's enforcement, Judge Daniel Riley approved a 60-day grace period, preventing state officials from enforcing the law pending appeal procedures. The American Civil Liberties Union of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in Jones v. Harris Associates that a shareholder does not have to show that a fund's investment adviser misled the fund's directors in order to have a cognizable claim of an excessive fee under § 36(b) of the Investment …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The number of countries using the death penalty continued to drop during 2009, according to an annual report published Monday by Amnesty International (AI). According to the report, more than 700 people were executed last year in 18 countries, with the most executions carried out in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the …

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by Hillary Stemple

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Monday that patents held on two genes linked to hereditary ovarian and breast cancer are invalid. The ruling was in response to a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) …

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by Megan McKee

The Hague Appeals Court on Tuesday upheld the UN's immunity from prosecution by rejecting claims brought by relatives of victims of the Srebrenica massacre during the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict. The relatives, known as the Mothers of Srebrenica, alleged that the Netherlands should be liable for …

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by Ximena Marinero

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday maintained that Turkey should become a European Union (EU) "preferred partner" rather than continue as a candidate country for EU accession. Turkey has only opened 12 of the 35 chapters toward accession to the EU, and continues to face diplomatic challenges that compromise its bid towards accession. …

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