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Legal news from Friday, April 30, 2010
by Michael Kraemer

Former Pennsylvania judge Michael Conahan pleaded guilty Thursday on charges of accepting more than $2.6 million in kickbacks for sentencing teenagers to two private juvenile detention facilities in which he had a financial interest. The former president judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Law enforcement officials on Thursday told the Wall Street Journal that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is opening a criminal investigation of Goldman, Sachs & Co. for possible securities fraud in mortgage trading. Two weeks ago, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed civil …

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by Hillary Stemple

Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr on Friday refused for the second straight day to attend preliminary hearings relating to his pending murder and terrorism charges, claiming he is being mistreated by military guards. On Thursday, Khadr refused to attend the proceedings, stating that the blackout goggles …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Law enforcement officials on Thursday told the Wall Street Journal that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is opening a criminal investigation of Goldman, Sachs & Co. for possible securities fraud in mortgage trading. Two weeks ago, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed civil …

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by Hillary Stemple

Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr on Friday refused for the second straight day to attend preliminary hearings relating to his pending murder and terrorism charges, claiming he is being mistreated by military guards. On Thursday, Khadr refused to attend the proceedings, stating that the blackout goggles …

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by Hillary Stemple

Germany's Federal Court of Justice ruled Thursday that the use of thumbnail preview images pulled from websites by Google is not a violation of copyright law. The original lawsuit was brought against Google by an artist who had images of her work pulled from her website and displayed on Google's …

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by Jonathan Cohen

The US government on Friday charged two Brooklyn men with conspiracy to provide material support [18 USC § 2339B materials] to al Qaeda. The two men allegedly received at least $50,000 for providing al Qaeda with "computer advice and assistance, services, and currency," among other acts, between November 2007 and March 2010. …

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by Jonathan Cohen

The US government on Friday charged two Brooklyn men with conspiracy to provide material support [18 USC § 2339B materials] to al Qaeda. The two men allegedly received at least $50,000 for providing al Qaeda with "computer advice and assistance, services, and currency," among other acts, between November 2007 and March 2010. …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US House of Representatives voted 223-169 Thursday to approve legislation calling for a referendum on the status of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Democracy Act was introduced by Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D), Puerto Rico's nonvoting delegate to the House, and had 181 co-sponsors, including nearly …

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by Hillary Stemple

Germany's Federal Court of Justice ruled Thursday that the use of thumbnail preview images pulled from websites by Google is not a violation of copyright law. The original lawsuit was brought against Google by an artist who had images of her work pulled from her website and displayed on Google's …

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by Zach Zagger

The Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday dismissed appeals by three former Khmer Rouge officials to block the extension of their provisional detention. The three prisoners, Ieng Thirith, Ieng Sary, and Khieu Samphan, were arrested in November 2007 and originally …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US House of Representatives voted 223-169 Thursday to approve legislation calling for a referendum on the status of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Democracy Act was introduced by Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (D), Puerto Rico's nonvoting delegate to the House, and had 181 co-sponsors, including nearly …

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by Zach Zagger

The French Justice Ministry on Thursday denied a request from former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega to be treated as a prisoner of war (POW). Noriega currently awaits trial in France on money laundering charges. Justice Ministry spokesperson Guillaume Didier said that Noriega will not be treated as a POW because the …

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by Zach Zagger

The Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday dismissed appeals by three former Khmer Rouge officials to block the extension of their provisional detention. The three prisoners, Ieng Thirith, Ieng Sary, and Khieu Samphan, were arrested in November 2007 and originally …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against a Michigan judge who ordered a Muslim woman to remove her headscarf in court. The suit was filed in August by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) …

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by Zach Zagger

The French Justice Ministry on Thursday denied a request from former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega to be treated as a prisoner of war (POW). Noriega currently awaits trial in France on money laundering charges. Justice Ministry spokesperson Guillaume Didier said that Noriega will not be treated as a POW because the …

[read more]
by Michael Kraemer

Former Pennsylvania judge Michael Conahan pleaded guilty Thursday on charges of accepting more than $2.6 million in kickbacks for sentencing teenagers to two private juvenile detention facilities in which he had a financial interest. The former president judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, …

[read more]
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Hawaii House of Representatives voted 31-20 Thursday to approve legislation allowing same-sex civil unions. The act would confer upon homosexual and heterosexual couples rights and benefits equal to those afforded married couples in the state. The bill was approved by the Senate in January, but …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against a Michigan judge who ordered a Muslim woman to remove her headscarf in court. The suit was filed in August by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Hawaii House of Representatives voted 31-20 Thursday to approve legislation allowing same-sex civil unions. The act would confer upon homosexual and heterosexual couples rights and benefits equal to those afforded married couples in the state. The bill was approved by the Senate in January, but …

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