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Legal news from Tuesday, September 28, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

An Iranian blogger known for popularizing blogs in Iran has been sentenced to 19.5 years imprisonment for cooperating with hostile countries, spreading propaganda against the ruling establishment, promoting counterrevolutionary groups and maintaining obscene websites. In addition to serving his prison sentence, Hossein Derakhshan faces a five-year ban from membership in political parties …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The co-chairman of Turkey's Peace and Democracy Party, Kurdish rights advocate Selahattin Demirtash was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday for allegedly promoting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). A Turkish court ruled that Demirtash promoted the PKK during his tenure as a branch head of …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in 14 cases. In Smith v. Bayer Corp. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will determine two issues. First the court will decide whether, under the re-litigation exception of the Anti-Injunction Act [28 USC § 2283], a district court can enjoin parties from …

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by Jay Carmella

A court in the Somali state of Puntland on Tuesday sentenced a pirate to death for murdering the skipper of cargo ship in June. Salah Mohamed Gelle, considered a pirate ringleader, highjacked the MV QSM Dubai, along with seven other pirates, in June. The vessel had a crew of 24 and was …

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by Jay Carmella

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged EU members to stop forcibly deporting Roma migrants to Kosovo. AI believes that Roma, as well as other ethnic minority groups, could face persecution or violence upon their return. The report emphasizes the tension that has existed in the region over the last two …

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by Hillary Stemple

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday ordered a district court judge to reconsider the stay of execution in the case of Albert Brown. Brown was convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl in 1982 and was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, in …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday ruled that a securities fraud class-action lawsuit against American International Group (AIG) can move forward. Judge Taylor Swain refused to dismiss the suit, which is led by the State of Michigan Retirement Systems and accuses …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A Philippines military court dismissed mutiny charges Tuesday against seven officers allegedly involved in the February 2006 coup attempt against former president Gloria Macapagl-Arroyo. The seven-member military tribunal determined there was insufficient evidence to charge the seven junior officers with committing "overt acts" to overthrow the government. Under court-martial, the seven officers will …

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