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Legal news from Wednesday, October 12, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to all counts of a criminal indictment charging him for his role in the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. Abdulmutallab, 24, admitted to eight …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on Tuesday submitted a filing in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit asking the court not to stay the state's controversial immigration law. The filing was in response to a motion filed last week by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), which requested that …

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by Dan Taglioli

Florida submitted a request to the US District Court for the District of Columbia Tuesday seeking declaratory judgments regarding recently-enacted changes to the state's Election Code, four sections of which require Section 5 "preclearance" under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA). Relying heavily on patterns of past discrimination to determine which …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior Affairs and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday denied prisoner torture allegations made earlier this week in a UN report. A spokesperson for the Ministry said at a press conference that there was no basis for the report's findings and that publicizing such information could hurt the people's …

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by Ashley Hileman

Rights groups urged the UN Tuesday to assure that Cambodia will not interfere in a tribunal established by the UN charged with investigating the communist Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s. The pressure for UN action results from the resignation of Siegfried Blunk, one of the judges for the Extraordinary …

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by Ashley Hileman

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Tuesday enacted an antitrust law, provisions of which further his conflict with the country's news media. The new law specifically bars news media owners and bankers from holding financial stakes in other industries and generally bars companies from establishing a monopoly in any industry. The law …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases on Tuesday. In Pacific Operators Offshore LLP v. Valladolid, the court considered when an outer continental shelf worker, injured on land, is eligible for compensation under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) [43 USC §§ 1331-1356 text]. The OCSLA …

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by Julia Zebley

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday on charges of abuse of power and corruption. Judge Rodion Kireyev also barred Tymoshenko from serving public office for three years and ruled in favor of a 1.5 billion hryvnias judgment against her. Despite the conviction, international …

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