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Legal news from Saturday, August 13, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission on Friday released a report contending that military and law enforcement officials routinely conduct illegal searches in their efforts to combat the country's narcotics trade. The report describes a "systematic pattern" of coercive, threatening and physically abusive behavior, often accompanied by property damage, theft and evidence …

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by Daniel Makosky

Chinese authorities in Beijing on Friday began the trial against Wang Lihong, one of the dozens of human rights activists the government detained earlier this year as part of a crackdown on dissidents in the country. Wang is charged with one count of creating a disturbance for allegedly utilizing the Internet to attempt organizing anti-government demonstrations during …

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by Daniel Richey

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of ex-Merrill Lynch executive James Brown stemming from his role in the Enron fraud scandal. Brown was indicted on five counts in 2003 stemming from a 1999 transaction in which Merrill took a $28 million equity interest in a facility of barge-mounted power …

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by Daniel Richey

A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Wyoming on Friday struck down a set of administrative rules advanced by the Obama administration last year that placed stricter limits on environmental impact requirements of oil and gas drilling operations. Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled that administrative memos restricting categorical exemptions to …

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