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Legal news from Monday, October 4, 2010
by Matt Glenn

The Amsterdam District Court adjourned the trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders Monday after a lawyer for Wilders accused a judge of bias. After Wilders, on trial for making inflammatory statements against Islam, said he would not speak at his trial, a judge commented that Wilders seems frequently to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court opened its October 2010 term Monday by hearing oral arguments in Ransom v. MBNA. In this case, the court is considering whether, in calculating a debtor's "projected disposable income" during the plan period, a bankruptcy court may allow an …

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by Ann Riley

Many African nations are seeing a decline in democratic rights and the rule of law despite making economic advances, according to a survey Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, established in 2007 by Sudanese businessman Mo Ibrahim, assesses 88 indicators, including the overall governance, safety …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Bangkok Criminal Court decided Monday not to drop additional charges against Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, further delaying his extradition to the US. The court denied US and Thai requests to drop the charges of money laundering and fraud against Bout and will launch new legal proceedings, which will delay his …

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