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Legal news from Thursday, May 27, 2010
by Sarah Miley

The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday began the trial of New Zealand anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune on five criminal charges in connection with boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as part of a protest in the Antarctic. The Japanese court system does not accept pleas before trial, but Bethune has made admission of guilt …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A California judge on Wednesday consolidated more than 40 pending state court claims against Toyota relating to an alleged safety defect that caused cars to accelerate out of control. The claims include consumer-fraud class action and personal injury lawsuits. Judge Carl West of the Los Angeles County Superior Court recommended …

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by Dwyer Arce

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday ordered the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Hassen. Hassen had been initially detained in March 2002 following a raid in Faisalabad by Pakistani security forces. He has maintained throughout his detention that he …

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by Sarah Miley

UNICEF expressed concern Wednesday over Guantanamo Bay detainee and former child soldier Omar Khadr. Khadr was arrested in Afghanistan in 2002 at the age of 15 after he allegedly threw a grenade that killed on soldier and injured another. The statement held that recruitment and use of …

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by Dwyer Arce

President Dorit Beinisch of the Supreme Court of Israel on Wednesday criticized the Israeli government for ignoring an injunction against building an access road on Palestinian lands. The road would connect two West Bank settlements - Hayovel, a settlement that is illegal under Israeli law, and the legal Eli settlement. Beinisch …

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by Sarah Miley

US lawmakers are currently considering a Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill containing a section that would allow increased investigation by the Pentagon into the practices of lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees. Section 1037 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 would allow the Pentagon's inspector general to conduct …

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by Sarah Miley

Lehman Brothers Holdings on Wednesday filed suit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. for allegedly "siphoning" off billions of dollars in "critically-needed" assets days before the investment bank filed for a record-breaking bankruptcy. JPMorgan was Lehman's main short-term lender before its collapse and acted acted as a middleman between Lehman and its investors. In …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Obama administration confirmed Tuesday that it will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the US-Mexican border in an effort to deter drug smuggling and illegal immigration. They will join the 300 National Guard troops and 26,000 border and customs officials already stationed at the border. The troops will assist border agents in intelligence, surveillance, …

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