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Legal news from Saturday, January 15, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The Supreme Court of Louisiana on Friday granted the request of a Louisiana federal judge who sought to permanently resign from practicing law. Ex-federal judge Thomas Porteous voluntarily surrendered his law license after being convicted on four articles of impeachment and removed by Congress in December. Pursuant to the order, …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Tunisia Constitutional Council on Saturday officially announced that President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has permanetly left the office of the president. The council, the country's highest legal authority on constitutional issues, declared that the leader of the lower house of parliament, Foued Mebezza, will assume power until elections are held in two months. The …

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by Dwyer Arce

Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards was released from a federal prison Thursday after being allowed to finish the remainder of his sentence in home detention. Edwards has been in prison since 2002 when he was sentenced to 10 years for fraud, racketeering and extortion. The former four term governor was convicted for attempting to manipulate …

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by Dwyer Arce

UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on Friday alleged that Israeli authorities had committed several illegal acts in the Palestinian territories since the start of the year, making the prospect of a viable Palestinian state unlikely. These events include the killing of four Palestinians by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), all of which were …

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