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Legal news from Monday, September 13, 2010
by Matt Glenn

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York sentenced former IBM senior vice president Robert Moffat to six months in prison Monday and ordered him to pay a $50,000 fine for his role in the largest insider trading trading case in US history. In March, Moffat pleaded guilty [JURIST …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Senate Impeachment Trial Committee began hearing arguments Monday in the case against federal judge Thomas Porteous who is charged with perjury and accepting bribes from lawyers while a judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Porteous's lawyer Jonathan Turley claimed in his opening statement …

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by Brian Jackson

Representatives from Russia and Georgia appeared before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday for the beginning of a hearing to determine whether the court has jurisdiction to hear allegations that Russia committed human rights abuses following the secession of two sections of Georgia in the 1990s. The hearing was necessitated after Russia …

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by Ann Riley

Violent crime in the US dropped for the third year in a row, according to the annual crime statistics for 2009, released Monday by the FBI. The FBI's Crime in the United States, 2009 report showed a total 5.3 percent decrease in violent crimes between 2008 and 2009 to 1,318,398. Specifically, the number of murders dropped …

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by Ann Riley

A judge from Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Iran on Sunday released from prison Shiva Nazar Ahari, a journalist arrested following the 2009 presidential election, after she posted bail of USD $500,000, according to a local press reports. While Judge Pierre Abbasi has not yet issued a final ruling [Kaleme …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Iraqi government is unlawfully detaining and torturing thousands of detainees, according to a Monday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful Detention in Iraq" estimates that more than 30,000 detainees are currently being held in Iraqi prisons where they are tortured and mistreated, have no access to …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Constitutional amendments previously annulled by the Constitutional Court of Turkey were approved by a 58 percent popular vote Sunday, marking a major victory for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The vote, which took place on the thirtieth anniversary of the 1980 coup …

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