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Legal news from Tuesday, April 27, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A French judge ruled Tuesday that former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega must remain in custody until his trial on money laundering charges. Noriega arrived in France Tuesday morning after being extradited from the US, where he had served a 17-year sentence on drug charges. Noriega appeared Tuesday before French prosecutors …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A French judge ruled Tuesday that former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega must remain in custody until his trial on money laundering charges. Noriega arrived in France Tuesday morning after being extradited from the US, where he had served a 17-year sentence on drug charges. Noriega appeared Tuesday before French prosecutors to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Monsanto Company v. Geertson Seed Farms on what conditions must be met to obtain a nationwide injunction prohibiting the planting of genetically engineered crops. The case arose over an injunction against the planting of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Defense lawyers for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba argued before the International Criminal Court (ICC) Tuesday that charges against their client should be dropped. His lawyers argued that he has been denied due process and that the charges are illegal. Bemba was originally set to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Monsanto Company v. Geertson Seed Farms on what conditions must be met to obtain a nationwide injunction prohibiting the planting of genetically engineered crops. The case arose over an injunction against the planting of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Defense lawyers for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba argued before the International Criminal Court (ICC) Tuesday that charges against their client should be dropped. His lawyers argued that he has been denied due process and that the charges are illegal. Bemba was originally set to …

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by Megan McKee

The Oklahoma State Senate on Tuesday voted 36-12 to override Governor Brad Henry's veto of two anti-abortion bills that will now immediately become law. The first bill would prevent "wrongful life" lawsuits in which parents seek damages for a child born with a birth defect because the mother was unable to obtain an …

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by Megan McKee

Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday strongly criticized Arizona's new immigration law, claiming that the measure opens the door to intolerance and hatred. The Arizona bill, signed into law last week by Governor Jan Brewer, makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant and requires police …

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by Megan McKee

The Oklahoma State Senate on Tuesday voted 36-12 to override Governor Brad Henry's veto of two anti-abortion bills that will now immediately become law. The first bill would prevent "wrongful life" lawsuits in which parents seek damages for a child born with a birth defect because the mother was unable to obtain an …

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by Megan McKee

Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday strongly criticized Arizona's new immigration law, claiming that the measure opens the door to intolerance and hatred. The Arizona bill, signed into law last week by Governor Jan Brewer, makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant and requires police …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed a suit to proceed against drug maker Merck & Co. over the safety record of its painkiller Vioxx. The court ruled unanimously in Merck & Co. v. Reynolds that the statute of limitations in a …

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by Daniel Richey

Officials in Kyrgyzstan's interim government said Tuesday that ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been charged with mass murder, for which he will be tried in absentia. The charges stem from an April 7 incident in which police fired on a crowd of anti-government demonstrators, killing more than 85 people. The crowd …

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by Daniel Richey

Officials in Kyrgyzstan's interim government said Tuesday that ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been charged with mass murder, for which he will be tried in absentia. The charges stem from an April 7 incident in which police fired on a crowd of anti-government demonstrators, killing more than 85 people. The crowd …

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by Steve Dotterer

A US military official has said that the US is in negotiations to transfer non-Afghan detainees at Bagram Air Base back to their home countries, Al Jazeera reported Tuesday. The military intends to return the detainees to their countries of origin in anticipation of a transfer of the facility to Afghan …

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by Steve Dotterer

A US military official has said that the US is in negotiations to transfer non-Afghan detainees at Bagram Air Base back to their home countries, Al Jazeera reported Tuesday. The military intends to return the detainees to their countries of origin in anticipation of a transfer of the facility to Afghan …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed a suit to proceed against drug maker Merck & Co. over the safety record of its painkiller Vioxx. The court ruled unanimously in Merck & Co. v. Reynolds that the statute of limitations in a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-3 in Stolt-Nielsen SA v. AnimalFeeds International that imposing class arbitration on parties when that issue is silent in the parties' arbitration clauses is inconsistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [9 USC §§ 1-14 text]. The US Court …

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by Steve Dotterer

Indonesia's justice minister announced Tuesday the opening of a prison wing intended to confine individuals convicted of corruption. The new wing, part of Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta, is designed to hold up to 256 inmates, although only 10 people are currently incarcerated there. The country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is responsible for sentencing inmates …

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by Steve Dotterer

Indonesia's justice minister announced Tuesday the opening of a prison wing intended to confine individuals convicted of corruption. The new wing, part of Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta, is designed to hold up to 256 inmates, although only 10 people are currently incarcerated there. The country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is responsible for sentencing inmates …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-3 in Stolt-Nielsen SA v. AnimalFeeds International that imposing class arbitration on parties when that issue is silent in the parties' arbitration clauses is inconsistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) [9 USC §§ 1-14 text]. The US Court of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega arrived in France Tuesday to face money laundering charges after being extradited from the US. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a surrender warrant Monday after a federal judge lifted the stay blocking his extradition last month. Noriega will appear Tuesday before French …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega arrived in France Tuesday to face money laundering charges after being extradited from the US. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a surrender warrant Monday after a federal judge lifted the stay blocking his extradition last month. Noriega will appear Tuesday before French …

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by Ximena Marinero

A Haitian judge on Monday dismissed charges of kidnapping and criminal association against all 10 members of a US missionary group arrested in January but ordered one to stand trial for making "irregular travel" arrangements involving 30 Haitian children. Laura Silsby, the only missionary who has not been released by Haitian authorities, will remain in custody [CNN …

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