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Legal news from Wednesday, November 2, 2011
by Jamie Reese

The first Croatian Minister of Internal Affairs Josip Boljkovac was arrested Wednesday for war crimes committed from 1945-1946. Boljkovac, 89, was arrested near his home in Karlovac in connection with the deaths of fascist soldiers and sympathizers post World War II. The investigation against Boljkovac involves alleged executions of at least 30,000 Utasha (fascist) troops …

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by Katherine Getty

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday denied a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee from seeking damages from banks and third parties for the victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Irving Picard, who was designated by the court in 2008 as trustee of the assets seized …

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by Jerry Votava

Tunisian courts will review a request for the extradition of former Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi placed by the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) on November 8, according to a statement made Wednesday by al-Mahmoudi's lawyer Mabrouk Kourchid. Al-Mahmoudi has been held in Tunisia since September when he was detained while attempting to illegally …

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by Max Slater

Egypt will amend its constitution to allow citizens living abroad to vote in parliamentary elections, according to a Wednesday report by state-run media outlet Al Ahram. Chairman of the High Commission for Elections, Judge Abdel Moaz Ibrahim, suggested amending Article 39 of the constitutional declaration to allow for voting …

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by Ashley Hileman

Lawyers charged with defending detainees at Guantanamo Bay said Tuesday that procedures and practices employed by the US government make it impossible for them to do their jobs. In a letter directed to the attention of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, the attorneys cited the problems they face in carrying out …

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by Jamie Davis

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday upheld the convictions of five men for conspiracy to provide support to terrorist group al Qaeda in planning attacks in the US. Two of the men were also convicted of plotting to destroy the Sears tower in Chicago and FBI offices around …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday issued a letter to each school district in Alabama to serve as a reminder that they must provide equal access to public education for all children, regardless of their immigration status. The letter, authored by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, was sent because of the potential …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday. In Rehberg v. Paulk, the court considered whether government officials who act as "complaining witnesses" to initiate a prosecution by providing false testimony in a grand jury hearing are immune to civil suits. The government argued that a …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US government on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) alleging that Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corporation (Allied) and two of its top executives misled the government into believing that its loan qualified for federal insurance. In particular, the US claims …

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