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Legal news from Tuesday, December 28, 2010
by Erin Bock

A federal judge has ruled that US Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials must provide representation to two mentally disabled immigrants who are challenging deportation proceedings. The ruling was a landmark decision in immigration proceedings as, unlike criminal courts, immigration courts are not required to provide defense attorneys to indigent defendants. Judge Dolly Gee …

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by Matt Glenn

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an insider trading complaint against unknown investors in Martek Biosciences Corp., claiming that the investors purchased an unusually large number of call options in Martek in the two weeks preceding the December 21 announcement that DSM planned to purchase Martek. The …

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by Erin Bock

Global telecommunications organization Alcatel-Lucent on Monday agreed to pay more than $137 million to resolve investigations into its sales practices by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company will pay $92 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve the criminal charges filed today by …

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by Matt Glenn

International human rights organizations and numerous governments criticized Russia's justice system following Monday's guilty verdict against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev on embezzlement charges. Amnesty International (AI) urged Russian courts to overturn the verdict, claiming the trial was unfair and appeared politically motivated. …

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by Zach Zagger

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree Sunday allowing the country's Supreme Court to go forward with its plan to set up a tribunal to hear complaints of fraud during the September parliamentary elections. The tribunal brings doubt over the legitimacy of the elections which have already been tainted by …

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by Zach Zagger

Nine men were charged and taken custody on Monday in the UK for conspiring to bomb the US Embassy and the London Stock Exchange. The charges come after British authorities had apprehended 12 men on December 21 as part of raids to capture suspected terrorists. Four of the men charged are from Stoke-on-Trent, three are …

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