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Legal news from Tuesday, January 11, 2011
by Eryn Correa

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill released its full final report on Tuesday, tracing the deeper root causes of the spill and recommending steps to avoid future incidents. The report highlights mistakes made by British Petroleum (BP), as well as its partners Haliburton and Transocean, as the starting point that allowed …

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by Julia Zebley

China has failed to achieve the goals it set out in its first national human rights plan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) declared in a report released on Tuesday. In its assessment of the government's National Human Rights Action Plan of China (NHRAP), HRW decried China's continued use of torture, illegal detentions, and the government's overuse …

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by Sarah Posner

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 8-0 in Mayo Foundation for Medical Research v. United States that medical residents are not classified as students for the purpose of federal tax exemption. The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research had sought to exempt stipends paid to doctors during the residency …

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by John Paul Putney

The New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against bond insurance company MBIA alleging breach of contract brought by several of the world's largest financial institutions. The lawsuit challenged the break-up of MBIA into two separate lines of bond insurance. MBIA, historically the largest guarantee insurer of municipal bonds and other …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 8-1 in Ransom v. FIA Card Services, N.A. that debtors who apply for Chapter 13 bankruptcy cannot use a car payment as a deduction from their repayment plan if the debtor has paid off the automobile. The opinion was the first authored by Justice Elena Kagan …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Log Cabin Republicans on Monday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to resume proceedings in their lawsuit against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive]. The advocacy group filed a response to a motion to delay that was recently …

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by Zach Zagger

The trial of anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles began Monday on charges of lying to federal immigration officials that could carry a sentence of up to 60 years in prison. He is charged before the District Court for the Western District of Texas with two counts …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for the 331st Criminal District Court of Texas sentenced former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) to three years in prison and ten years of probation Monday following DeLay's November conviction on money laundering and conspiracy charges. Judge Pat Priest sentenced DeLay to prison on the conspiracy …

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by Aman Kakar

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged President Barack Obama make greater efforts to close Guantanamo Bay despite congressional opposition. In the press release, issued on the eve of the facility's ninth anniversary in operation, HRW recommended that Obama should escalate efforts to prosecute Guantanamo detainees …

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