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Legal news from Friday, October 28, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced comprehensive changes on Thursday to its national communications subsidy program to make high-speed internet access available in rural areas. The Connect America Fund will have an annual budget of USD $4.5 billion, and the FCC estimates that the program will create more than …

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by Sarah Posner

A court-martial began Friday for US Army Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, 26, charged with murdering civilians in Afghanistan as part of a rogue platoon that has attacked villagers in the Kandahar province. Gibbs' trial follows an 18-month investigation into crimes committed by US military personnel as part of the war in Afghanistan. Gibbs now faces three counts of premeditated murder …

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by Katherine Getty

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday ordered the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Citigroup to defend their recent settlement agreement. The agreement concluded the dispute that charged Citigroup with having misled its investors about a $1 billion …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Spanish Supreme Court announced Friday that Judge Baltasar Garzon will stand trial on November 29 for ordering illegal wiretaps in jailhouses. Garzon was indicted in April for ordering the placement of wiretaps in jailhouses to record conversations between inmates and their lawyers. Garzon …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia gave final approval Thursday to a $1.25 billion settlement for black farmers who were discriminated against by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in disbursement loans and other forms of relief. This is the second round of settlements given to farmers …

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by Sarah Posner

The corruption trial of former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was postponed Friday for health reasons. Sanader has suffered from coronary problems and is expected to undergo a medical examination in preparation for trial now scheduled to start next week. Sanader, who was elected to parliament after he stepped down from the prime minister position in 2009, …

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by Matthew Pomy

Ukrainian authorities should review the conviction of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, says a resolution passed Thursday by the European Parliament that called her imprisonment "a violation of human rights and an abuse of the judiciary designed to silence Ukraine's leading opposition politician." Failing to do so, they say, calls the Ukrainian government's …

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by Brandon Gatto

Lawyers for a Guantanamo Bay detainee and alleged al Qaeda facilitator on Thursday filed a case against Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights for torture and secret detention at a CIA-run location within the Baltic state. The claimant, Abu Zubaydah, is a Palestinian who was captured in Pakistan in 2002 …

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by Hillary Stemple

The American Center for Legal Justice (ACLJ) and 105 members of Congress filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court Thursday urging the court to take up a Florida case challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Last month, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) …

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by Hillary Stemple

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, confirmed Friday that there has been informal contact with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi, discussing the possibility of his surrender to the court. Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) reported earlier this week …

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by John Paul Putney

Lawyers representing women who claimed discrimination by Wal-Mart filed an amended lawsuit Thursday narrowing their claims to California stores of the retail giant. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges discriminatory practices against more than 90,000 women regarding pay and job promotion. The suit is …

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by John Paul Putney

Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INR), the body charged with investigating Nazi and communist-era crimes, on Thursday announced a new probe into Nazi crimes aimed at tracking down living Nazi perpetrators. The investigation, opened by the branch in Krakow, follow investigations conducted during the Communist era that were concluded in the 1980s without making any …

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