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Legal news from Tuesday, February 15, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces announced Tuesday that it has formed a committee of judges and politicians to oversee amending the Egyptian constitution within the next 10 days. When the council assumed power on Sunday, it indicated that part of its transition plan was to form a committee to amend constitutional articles prior …

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by John Paul Putney

An Italian judge on Tuesday ordered billionaire media mogul and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on charges of paying for sex with a minor and abuse of power. Berlusconi allegedly paid 7,000 euros to then 17-year-old dancer, Karima El Mahroug, for sex and later called police to secure her release [BBC …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The European Parliament on Tuesday agreed to the establishment of a common patent system despite lack of accord from Spain and Italy. EU member states have attempted to establish a uniform patent system for several years, but a unanimous vote was unobtainable due to disapproval from a few member countries. The Lisbon Treaty generally …

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by Sarah Posner

Iranian lawmakers called Tuesday for opposition leaders to face trial and death after Monday's clash with security forces. Thousands of Iranians protested Monday in solidarity with Egypt's revolt against ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Pro-government legislators demanded opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and former …

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by Ashley Hileman

Sudanese Guantanamo Bay detainee Noor Uthman Mohammed pleaded guilty before a military tribunal Tuesday to terrorism charges. Mohammed entered guilty pleas to one count of providing material support of terrorism and one count of conspiracy. The charges against him stem from meetings with al Qaeda and his service as a …

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by Zach Zagger

The US House of Representatives voted 275 to 144 Monday to extend surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act which could expire February 28. A vote on the bill to extend the provisions failed last weak under a special rule that required a two-thirds majority, but …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for the Provincial Court of Sucumbios in Ecuador ordered US oil company Chevron to pay $8.6 billion in damages, finding that Texaco, which was acquired by Chevron in 2001, polluted large areas of the country's rain forest. Chevron vowed to fight the ruling, calling it "illegitimate and unenforceable" and "the …

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