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Legal news from Thursday, August 26, 2010
by Megan McKee

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they would dismiss all charges against Robert Blagojevich, the brother of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Robert Blagojevich faced four counts for his suspected involvement in the alleged conspiracy to sell the Senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama. In a hearing Thursday before Judge James Zagel of the US …

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by Christian Ehret

The EU Parliament Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats on Thursday accused France of violating EU law by deporting up to 1,000 Roma migrants from the country. The group cited EU directive 38/2004 for the proposition that EU citizens are free to move within EU territory. The …

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by Hillary Stemple

The German Federal Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that German courts must follow precedent established by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) unless it is clearly a violation of the court's power. The court noted that minor violations of the ECJ's authority would not be enough to …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The UN Security Council on Wednesday began considering several options to help counter ongoing piracy off the coast of Somalia, including the creation of a new international tribunal. In a report released last week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suggested that the UN must establish, or continue to help countries establish, …

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by Erin Bock

Croatian authorities on Wednesday extradited a man to Serbia for his connection with the 2003 assassination of former Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic. Sretko Kalinic was discovered by authorities in Zagreb in June after he was shot by a member of the Zemun gang, a Serbian organized crime ring. …

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by Daniel Richey

Wal-Mart petitioned the US Supreme Court Wednesday to reconsider a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirming class action certification in a gender discrimination case. The company has asked the court to examine whether the appeals court's April ruling …

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