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Legal news from Tuesday, June 5, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday rejected a request by Apple for a preliminary injunction against four Samsung products including the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Judge Lucy Koh reasoned that the court does not have jurisdiction to grant Apple's motion for preliminary injunction and ban Samsung's products …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted JPMorgan Chase permission on Monday to pay $44.6 million in order to resolve allegations of fraudulent bidding practices for state and local government investment securities at taxpayers' expense. The approval came after an order in March granting preliminary …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday denied a petition filed by supporters of Proposition 8 to rehear their case before the entire court. Proponents of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, requested a new hearing in February after a three-judge panel voted …

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by Sung Un Kim

Russian police on Tuesday arrested more than 20 people who were protesting a new bill that was introduced to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, for a final vote. The proposed bill would raise the maximum fines for participating in an unsanctioned rally from 2,000 rubles (USD $60) to 300,000 rubles …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ordered attorneys in the case of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee to supply briefs explaining whether the issue has become moot. The case revolves around the war crimes conviction of former detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan. Hamdan has already …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday that it would monitor the Wisconsin recall election taking place on Tuesday to prevent voter fraud. The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will be one of the jurisdictions that the DOJ will oversee to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which prohibits …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Buzeid Dorda, spy chief under former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, appeared in court on Tuesday, facing a number of charges associated with the conflict in Libya in 2011 which ultimately deposed Gaddafi and his regime. Dorda denied all charges, and the case was adjourned until June 26. Libyan Prosecutor-General Abdul …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged the Kimberley Process (KP) a multi-government initiative to monitor and prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, to put further pressure on the Zimbabwe government to comply with established regulations. HRW expressed particular concern about the ongoing abuses of diamond miners by government officials and police, and …

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by Sung Un Kim

The lawyers for media magnate Conrad Black on Monday filed a motion in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to dismiss the remainder of their client's convictions because the prosecution had deprived him of his right to an attorney. Black argued that the government, among other …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that an Illinois tax-payer does not have standing to sue the state legislature for a $20,000 grant provided to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace Organization for the restoration of a landmark Latin cross. The money was part of a $5 million appropriation for …

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by Sung Un Kim

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said Monday that economic or other aid should be refused to those countries that assist Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in evading the arrest warrant that was issued against him in 2010. Al-Bashir's government has dismissed the case against its president as …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Ukrainian Parliament on Tuesday passed the first reading of a controversial bill that would allow Russian to be spoken in official settings in particular regions of the Ukraine. Opponents to the bill expressed concern that the inclusion of Russian would divide the nation. The new bill would preserve Ukrainian as the official …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona heard oral arguments on Monday to determine whether Arizona citizens may join in a class action lawsuit challenging the state's controversial immigration law. Allowing class action status would permit thousands of Arizona residents to join in a …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Oslo district court on Monday began hearing a suit initiated by tobacco company Philip Morris against Norway for the country's display ban on tobacco products. The company argues that the ban is in violation of the European Economic Area (EEA) rules because it makes competition too …

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by Jamie Davis

The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) on Monday indicted a leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamic party for alleged human rights atrocities committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War against Pakistan, making him the fifth member to be indicted. Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, the third-highest ranking member of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, was indicted on …

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by Jamie Davis

A Libyan military court on Monday sentenced a group of 24 men from the former Soviet Union to prison terms after finding them guilty of serving as mercenaries for former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi. The military trial, which is the first trial to hold mercenaries accountable since the conflict ended, is seen an attempt …

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