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Legal news from Thursday, January 27, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

Specialist Jeremy Morlock has accepted a plea agreement offered by US Army prosecutors, according to a Washington Post report Wednesday. Under the agreement, Morlock, charged in June in the deaths of three Afghan civilians in separate incidents between January and May, agreed to offer testimony against 10 fellow defendants in exchange for receiving a …

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by Julia Zebley

The Botswana Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the indigenous Bushmen, or San, can drill wells in their village in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), reversing a lower court ruling. The court found that the Bushmen have the right to use a previous borehole, that the government …

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by Daniel Makosky

A federal judge on Wednesday declared Allen Stanford incompetent to stand trial in connection with a $7 billion fraud scheme. Judge David Hittner of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, who postponed the trial earlier this month, ordered Stanford to enter detoxification for an addiction to …

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by Daniel Richey

Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika has signed into law a bill permitting the government to ban media outlets that its information ministry declares contrary to public interest. The new law, which amends the 2009 penal code amendment bill, has already drawn heavy criticism from regional media watchdogs, such as the Media Council of Malawi (MCM) …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

More than 1,000 protesters have been detained in Egypt as demonstrations against the 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak entered their third day on Thursday. Protests were held Thursday in Egypt's capital Cairo, as well as the city of Suez, and are reportedly spreading across the country [RFE/RL report]. In Suez, police resorted the use of …

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by Daniel Richey

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, can proceed in state court. The suit revolves around a 2007 shooting incident in the Nisour Square area of Baghdad that left 17 …

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by Drew Singer

MetroPCS, the fifth-largest cell phone company in the US, said Tuesday that it has filed an appeal challenging new net neutrality rules that will allow the government to regulate Internet traffic. Roger Linquist, MetroPCS's president and CEO, said in a statement that his company's reasons to sue were similar to …

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