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Legal news from Wednesday, November 10, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Alabama Department of Revenue on whether a state's exemption of railroad competitors, but not railroads, from a generally applicable sales and use tax is subject to challenge as "another tax …

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by LaToya Sawyer

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro on Tuesday praised the nations that have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and urged more states to join the convention at the First Meeting of States Parties. The CCM, which went into effect as binding international law in August, bans the use, …

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by Aman Kakar

The Czech Republic continues to discriminate against Roma school children despite a court order, according to a complaint filed Monday with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the European Roma Rights Centre and the Greek Helsinki Monitor. The groups allege that …

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by Sarah Miley

The UK High Court on Wednesday granted a request to review the nation's Digital Economy Act, which is aimed at the prevention of online copyright infringement. The claim was filed by UK Internet service providers (ISPs) BT Group PLC and TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC in July in response to the legislation being …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) faces harmful opposition and political interference from the Cambodian government, the chief defense lawyer said Wednesday. Announcing his resignation, Richard Rogers said that the tribunal, established by the UN and the Cambodian government to prosecute former Khmer Rouge leaders, may …

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by Ann Riley

The Daxing District People's Court of China on Wednesday convicted Zhao Lianhai for disturbing the social order during the tainted-milk scandal, sentencing him to two-and-a-half years in prison. In 2008, melamine-tainted milk from China was blamed for the deaths of six infants, and the Chinese government promised that all tainted product would be seized and destroyed. …

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by Daniel Richey

Jury selection began Tuesday in the case of five Somali men accused of an April attack on the USS Nichols, which was deployed to combat piracy in waters off the eastern coast of Africa. In July, the men pleaded not guilty to a number of charges, including conspiracy, piracy and attack with the intent …

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by Daniel Richey

No criminal charges will be brought against Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials for destroying videotapes of controversial interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration, a federal prosecutor announced Tuesday. US Department of Justice (DOJ) special prosecutor John Durham "has concluded that he will not pursue criminal charges for the destruction of …

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