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Legal news from Monday, November 29, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Wall v. Kholi. The court is considering whether a state court sentence-reduction motion consisting of a plea for leniency constitutes an "application for State post-conviction or other collateral review" under 28 USC § 2244(d)(2) …

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by Matt Glenn

US Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Defense (DOD) are conducting a criminal investigation of WikiLeaks over its release of confidential government communications. Holder condemned WikiLeaks' recent release of government cables, saying that it threatens US national security, …

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by Ashley Hileman

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Monday called North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong, which killed four, including two civilians, a crime against humanity. The president's statement was the first addressed to the public since last week's attack on the residential area. He characterized North Korea's military action, which injured 16 and resulted in the deaths …

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by LaToya Sawyer

An Iraqi court on Monday sentenced former foreign minister Tariq Aziz to 10 years in prison for his involvement with the displacement and killing of minority Shiite Kurds during Saddam Hussein's rule in the 1980s. Aziz received a lesser sentence compared to other co-conspirators whom the Iraqi court found had greater involvement …

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by Ann Riley

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in four cases, consolidating two cases concerning campaign financing. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether the First Amendment forbids states from providing additional government subsidies to …

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by Eryn Correa

The Constitutional Court of Thailand on Monday dismissed the case against the ruling Democrat Party for alleged misuse of campaign funds. Judge Udomsak Nitimontree dismissed the suit, brought in June by the Electoral Commission of Thailand (EC), citing the commissioner's failure to follow proper filing procedure by taking more than 15 days to …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Swiss voters on Sunday approved by a 52.9 percent majority a "Deportation Initiative" that would amend the Swiss Constitution to allow the immediate deportation of foreigners who commit certain criminal offenses. The list of crimes range from serious offenses such as murder, rape and drug trafficking, to nonviolent crimes, including social security fraud and …

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