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Legal news from Wednesday, October 28, 2009
by Hillary Stemple

The Hawaii Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the last claim seeking a permanent ban on the sale of lands ceded by the former monarchy. Claims were originally filed by four members of the Native Hawaiians and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) in order to prevent the sale of 1.2 million acres of …

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by David Manes

The US House Financial Services Committee voted 49-14 Wednesday to approve new regulations governing investment rating agencies. The Accountability and Transparency in Rating Agencies Act, sponsored by Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), modifies the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, giving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the authority to monitor …

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by Megan McKee

The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that female lawmakers are not required to wear the hijab, or traditional Muslim headscarf. The ruling was in response to a petition brought by four voters seeking to invalidate the election of two of the four women who became the first female members of …

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by Steve Dotterer

An Italian appeals court on Tuesday upheld the bribery conviction of David Mills, a British barrister and former lawyer to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Mills was sentenced in February to a four-and-a-half years in prison for allegedly accepting USD $600,000 in bribes for offering false testimony at …

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by Dwyer Arce

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's decision to ease restrictions on stem cell research. Nightlight Christian Adoptions claimed that the removal of restrictions on stem cell research would lower the number of embryos …

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by Amelia Mathias

A lawyer for Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said Tuesday that a criminal libel suit has been filed against the leader of human rights group Memorial, according to media reports. Oleg Orlov, who accused Kadyrov of responsibility for the July death of Memorial journalist Natalia Estemirova, could face a maximum sentence …

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by Amelia Mathias

UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston said Tuesday that the use of unmanned warplanes by the US to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan may be illegal. Alston criticized the US policy in a report to the UN General Assembly's human rights committee and then elaborated at a press conference [press …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed Tuesday to an en banc rehearing of a Department of Justice (DOJ) request to dismiss a suit against a company that allegedly provided logistical support for CIA rendition flights. At issue is whether the state secrets privilege …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday resumed proceedings against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, one day after adjourning because Karadzic failed to appear for the opening of his war crimes trial. Presiding judge O-gon Kwon urged Karadzic to attend the …

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by Matt Glenn

A French court convicted several high-profile defendants Tuesday for their roles in illegal arms sales to Angola during the 1990s, known as Angolagate. Among those convicted were former interior minister and current senator Charles Pasqua, who was found guilty of illegal lobbying, and Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, son …

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by Jonathan Cohen

The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic delayed judgment Tuesday on a challenge to the country's signing of the European Union (EU) reform treaty, known as the Treaty of Lisbon. The complaint was brought by a group of senators who claim that the treaty infringes [Ceske …

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