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Legal news from Wednesday, July 20, 2011
by Julia Zebley

A judge in the Court of Metropolitan Sessions, a criminal court in Bangladesh, on Wednesday indicted 430 people for their roles in a February 2009 mutiny. Bangladesh has conducted a series of military and civil trials for the thousands of citizens and soldiers involved in the mutiny, which left 74 dead. All of the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Ohio Governor John Kasich on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. The legislation requires doctors to determine the viability of the fetus and seek a second opinion as to whether the child is capable of surviving outside of the womb. In the event that the …

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by Julia Zebley

Former hedge fund trader Danielle Chiesi was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to three criminal counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Chiesi was accused of communicating non-public information about IBM Corporation, Advanced Microdevices (AMD) and Sun Microsystems …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Council of Europe (COE) Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg on Wednesday condemned the flurry of burqa and niqab bans that have been implemented recently around the world. Hammarberg said the bans may not conform to European human rights standards such as the right to respect …

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by Julia Zebley

At least 400 inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison have been on a hunger strike since the end of June and are being joined by prisoners in at least 10 other California prisons. Inmates of Pelican Bay's Security Housing Unit (SHU), a long-term isolation ward where one-third of the prison's population is held in solitary confinement, are …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Top Republican lawmakers on Wednesday urged US President Barack Obama to define terror suspect interrogation, detention and prosecution procedures. In a letter to the president, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Howard McKeon and other officials from the Intelligence, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, and Homeland Security Committees criticized the administration for its lack …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday extended settlement negotiations for an additional two months in The Authors Guild et al v. Google Inc., a copyright suit filed in 2005 over a Google initiative to scan and catalog books [Google Book Search …

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by Julia Zebley

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday upheld the contempt conviction of former spokesperson Florence Hartmann. A specially appointed chamber found Hartmann guilty of contempt in 2009 for revealing confidential judicial decisions. Tuesday's judgment reinforced that Hartmann had …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Taiwan established an anti-corruption agency Wednesday in an effort to quell corruption among government officials. The Agency Against Corruption (AAC) aims to reduce and deter corruption, raise conviction rates for corrupt officials and protect human rights. The agency is composed of 180 members who, along with other law enforcement authorities, will handle investigations into ethics violations. Cases …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday tentatively ruled that Toyota could appeal the ruling in a class action lawsuit filed over alleged sudden-acceleration defects. Judge James Selna denied a motion to dismiss the class action suit against Toyota in May, …

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by Julia Zebley

Serbian authorities on Wednesday arrested Goran Hadzic, the last fugitive of the original 161 sought for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Serbian President Boris Tadic announced the arrest through a press conference, stating that Serbia has fulfilled …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

US President Barack Obama supports repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Press Secretary Jay Carney announced at a White House press briefing Tuesday. Carney also said that Obama supports the Respect for Marriage Act, which was introduced by Congressional Democrats in February to repeal DOMA, the 1996 federal law …

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