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Legal news from Tuesday, May 31, 2011
by Zach Zagger

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday found that former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky did not prove his prosecution for tax evasion and fraud were politically motivated but that his detention violated human rights standards. The ECHR found violations of the Convention for the Protection of Human …

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by Zach Zagger

The Department of Defense (DOD) on Tuesday announced that military prosecutors have sworn charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators being held at Guantanamo Bay. The DOD said Mohammed along with Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and …

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by Zach Zagger

The Serbia War Crimes Court Tuesday rejected an appeal by alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic of the decision that he is medically fit for extradition. Snezana Malovic, Serbia's justice minister, confirmed that the 69-year-old Mladic was being transported to the UN detention facility in The Hague to face charges in …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd that a witness in a terror investigation cannot challenge the constitutionality of an objectively reasonable arrest pursuant to a validly obtained warrant even if the government did not call or had no intention of calling the witness for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Tuesday in Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB, SA that induced patent infringement requires knowledge that the induced acts constitute patent infringement. Under 35 USC § 271(b), a patent owner may bring suit against an individual "who actively induces infringement of a patent." The …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari in a case over a suspect identification but rejected the appeal of Canadian-born media magnate Conrad Black over a fair trial. The court will hear Perry v. New Hampshire, in which Barion Perry is challenging his conviction …

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by Zach Zagger

China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a directive Friday instituting new harsher penalties under the criminal law for violations of food safety crimes. The penalties raise the prison sentences and eliminate the caps on fines and raises penalties for public officials found to have protected violators or taken bribes from them. …

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by Zach Zagger

The Cambodian government on Monday asked the UN International Court of Justice to order Thai troops to withdraw from a disputed border area surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear. Cambodia sought clarification from the court of a 1962 decision awarding the temple to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh. Cambodia argued …

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