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Legal news from Tuesday, July 10, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

A Massachusetts man agreed to plead guilty on charges of attempting to damage and destroy a federal building, as well as to provide material support to terrorists, authorities announced on Tuesday. The prosecution and the lawyers for Rezwan Ferdaus, a US citizen of Bangladeshi descent born and raised in Massachusetts, came to an agreement for a 17-year …

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by Dan Taglioli

A coalition of environmental protection organizations sued the US Department of the Interior, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other officials on Tuesday in an effort to block offshore oil drilling by Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska's Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Former Interior Minister of Iraq Mahmoud Thiab al-Ahmed, who served under former dictator Saddam Hussein, was released from prison on Tuesday after serving an eight-year sentence for his part in draining the marshes in Southern Iraq. Saddam had accused people living in the marsh areas of being disloyal to the government in the 1980s. …

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by Sung Un Kim

A senior adviser to al Qaeda was released over the weekend from a detention facility in Mauritania, his brother Sidi Ould Walid reported on Monday. Abu Hafs al-Mauritani, whose full given name is Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, had been in custody under Iranian authority before being extradited to Mauritania …

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by Dan Taglioli

The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Tuesday ratified the World Trade Organization (WTO) accession package protocol, clearing the way for Russia's membership in the global trading system. Despite stiff opposition, the ruling United Russia party garnered enough votes to approve the WTO …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt on Tuesday suspended the decree of President Mohammed Morsi calling the dissolved Egyptian parliament back into session. The decision of the court will prevent the decree from taking effect until the court can consider its legality. Morsi issued the decree on Sunday despite a ruling by the Supreme …

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by Dan Taglioli

It was reported Monday that the US will retain control of non-Afghan detainees at Parwan Detention Center at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, despite plans to transfer control of the facility to the Afghan government in two months. Under the terms of the agreement with Kabul, the Afghan government …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged the government of Kyrgyzstan to ensure the protection of human rights and the rule of law. Pillay mentioned that one of the obstacles the country has to overcome is corruption, which affects every aspect of society, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday struck down a New York City Department of Health regulation requiring stores to display graphic anti-tobacco ads where tobacco products are sold. The court's decision affirmed the ruling of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York …

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by Sung Un Kim

Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the left wing party Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD) announced Monday that he will challenge recent election results in court. He claimed to have evidence showing that Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico's ruling party, …

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by Dan Taglioli

A Ukrainian court in the city of Kharkiv on Tuesday ruled that the tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko would be delayed until July 23 due to Tymoshenko's inability to attend for health reasons. Tymoshenko, 51, has denied any wrongdoing in the tax evasion case but has stated she is not …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Tuesday closed its Russian version of the site in protest of a controversial Internet regulation bill to be considered by the State Duma this week. The bill, which gives the Russian government the ability to completely block access to certain websites, is described …

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by Dan Taglioli

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was acquitted of two major counts of corruption but found guilty of a third lesser charge on Tuesday in the culmination of a three-year trial. In a 700-page ruling three senior judges of a Jerusalem court rejected the prosecution's key accusations that as a cabinet minister …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Russian Duma on Tuesday ratified an agreement with the US related to adoption of Russian children by Americans. In a 244-96-2 vote, the nation's legislature agreed to ratify the agreement a year after the two countries agreed to sign. Russian officials have reported the abuse and killings of Russian …

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by Sung Un Kim

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Tuesday defended the 500 billion euro (USD $632 billion) European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the fiscal pact before the nation's Constitutional Court. He warned the court not to delay the country's signing of the two fiscal pacts which could lead to …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A federal hearing officer has recommended that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Chicago uphold its initial decision rejecting an Indiana state law that denies Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) and other organizations providing abortion services. A CMS officer found last June that the denial of …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina on Monday declined to lift an injunction against South Carolina's controversial immigration law, despite the recent US Supreme Court decision striking down most of the model Arizona immigration law. In light of the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Egyptian parliament convened Tuesday in a brief session despite a court order dissolving the entire parliament. The session only lasted for five minutes but was still enough to deepen the tension between the newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Tuesday's session was initiated …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The International Criminal Court sentenced convicted Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for his role in recruiting child soldiers. In summarizing the decision of the three-judge panel, Presiding Judge Adrian Fulford said that the "vulnerability …

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by Jamie Reese

The Constitutional Court of Romania on Monday approved the Parliamentary vote to suspend President Traian Basescu and replace him with a member of the centre-left coalition. Last Friday the Romanian Parliament voted 356-114 for impeachment on the grounds that Basescu overstepped his authority by interfering in judicial …

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by Sung Un Kim

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday set the trial dates for two Kenyan post-election violence cases for next April. The trial of former Kenyan minister William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang will begin on April 10, 2013, while the trial of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former civil service chief …

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