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Legal news from Thursday, December 29, 2011
by John Paul Putney

Chinese housing activist and lawyer, Ni Yulan, and her husband, Dong Jiqin, went on trial Thursday on charges of fraud and "inciting a disturbance" in Beijing. Lying on a stretcher and relying on an oxygen machine, Ni pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud for falsifying facts to steal property and inciting a disturbance when they were …

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by Jerry Votava

Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno (R), a supporter of statehood, signed legislation establishing a two-part referendum on Wednesday that would allow Puerto Ricans to voice their opinions regarding Puerto Rico's political status and connection to the US. The referendum would be held on November 6, 2012. The first part of the …

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by Jerry Votava

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a report on Wednesday strongly criticizing the human rights record of a number of countries including the United States. Twenty pages of the 90-page report focus on the United States, and list a number of practices and conditions that the MFA views as violations of basic human …

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by Sung Un Kim

Philippine authorities filed a second criminal complaint against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the former Philippine president who has been under hospital arrest for previous charges of corruption and electoral fraud. The second complaint alleges that Arroyo approved a $329-million national broadband network deal with the Chinese company ZTE Corporation in return for …

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by John Paul Putney

The Obama administration, arguing as amicus curiae in Perry, et al. v. Perez, et al., pressed the US Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject a redistricting map drawn by the Texas legislature which was not cleared pursuant to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). In its stead, the administration argued, …

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