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Legal news from Tuesday, April 6, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Monday submitted a new version of their proposed Constitutional amendments to the Grand National Assembly. The draft differs only slightly in substance from the previous version that the party submitted. One of the new additions is a proposal to …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lacks authority to require broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally. The appeal was brought by cable giant Comcast to review whether the FCC has the authority to enforce its newly-developed …

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by Ann Riley

An Equatorial Guinea court on Monday sentenced seven Nigerians to 12 years in prison for a 2009 attack on the presidential palace. Court president Antonio Pascual Ojo Ebobo found the Nigerians guilty of terrorism and said they would be fined 149 million CFA francs (USD $310,000). The Nigerians, along with 11 Equatorial Guineans, were arrested …

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by Tara Tighe

Turkish police on Monday detained 19 retired military officers, including four generals, in connection with an alleged 2003 coup plot, before the chief prosecutor intervened. Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin stopped police from arresting up to 90 suspects, replacing two lower-level prosecutors. The alleged coup plot, known as the Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Paris judge has charged French oil company Total with bribery and complicity in connection with a scandal involving the UN's Iraq Oil-for-Food program, the company's lawyer confirmed Tuesday. Total announced the court's decision in its annual report last week but maintained that the company followed UN policy and acted lawfully [text, …

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by Hillary Stemple

Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Tuesday took the stand at his trial and called for the case against him to be dismissed for lack of evidence. Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev are charged with embezzling USD $25 billion worth of oil produced by their Yukos [JURIST …

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by Megan McKee

Two separate court-martial proceedings against former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka were adjourned Tuesday. The trials, originally set to resume Tuesday, were postponed due to an ongoing case in the Sri Lankan Court of Appeals, which is examining the legality of the court-martials. Fonseka faces two separate court-martials, charging …

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by Ximena Marinero

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will seek a record civil penalty of $16.375 million against Toyota Motor Corporation for a four-month delay in notifying the agency about a problem with "sticky" gas pedals in various car models, US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday. The fine, which …

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by David Manes

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed three anti-abortion bills into law Monday. The first bill prohibits abortions performed because of the gender of the fetus. The second bill creates the Freedom of Conscience Act and protects medical employees who refuse to participate in procedures such as abortion based on religious …

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