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Legal news from Wednesday, January 26, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

Twelve plaintiffs on Monday combined to file a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court against Countrywide Financial Corporation alleging widespread fraud that resulted in substantial financial losses. The plaintiffs invested hundreds of millions of dollars with the Bank of America (BOA) subsidiary between 2005 and 2007, believing the purchases …

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by Aman Kakar

The US Courts for the Ninth Circuit announced on Tuesday that Chief Judge Roslyn Silver of the US District Court of Arizona has declared a judicial emergency under the Speedy Trial Act [18 USC § 3161-3174]. Judge Silver's order suspends the time limits set forth in 18 USC § 3161, …

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by Sarah Posner

A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced former communist official Vi Duc Hoi to eight years in prison for advocating democracy and a multiparty system. Hoi was convicted of violating Vietnam's national security for information contained in articles he posted on the internet. According to Hoi's defense lawyer, he was convicted of spreading anti-government propaganda on the internet. …

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by Daniel Makosky

UK Home Secretary Theresa May addressed Parliament on Wednesday to announce proposed changes to the country's anti-terrorism policies, including the controversial use of control orders. Control orders, created by the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 2005 (PTA), impose a variety of legal restrictions on individuals suspected of …

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by Matt Glenn

Tunisia's Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi announced Wednesday that the country has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali. Ben Ali, his wife and other family members face allegations that they illegally transferred money out of the country, possessed unlicensed weapons and incited armed violence. Chebbi said …

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by Matt Glenn

The Russian Federation Council on Wednesday voted to ratify the New START treaty, an agreement between Russia and the US intended to reduce nuclear arms in both countries. The upper house of Russia's parliament unanimously supported the measure, which calls for each country to reduce its nuclear arsenal [RIA Novosti …

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by Julia Zebley

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) demanded Tuesday that Albania and Kosovo investigate and prosecute alleged incidents of organ trafficking, inhuman treatment and other crimes by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo. In a report, compiled by Dick Marty …

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