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Legal news from Monday, October 18, 2010
by Matt Glenn

The Zimbabwe Supreme Court announced Monday that it would refuse to hear a civil rights case brought by Finance Minister Tendai Biti over his 2008 arrest on treason charges because he did not file an appeal in time. Biti, who is secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was seeking a …

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by Ann Riley

A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced former deputy director of the Ministry of Transportation Huynh Ngoc Si to life in prison for accepting bribes while managing a Japanese-funded road project, according to state news agencies. Si was convicted of receiving USD $262,000 from the Japanese company Pacific Consultants International (PCI) [corporate …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certorari in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether former US attorney general John Ashcroft is entitled to absolute or qualified immunity against claims that he used the material witness statute [18 USC § 3144 text] as a …

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by Eryn Correa

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday extended the deadline for Congress to approve the $3.4 billion settlement concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of funds held in trust for American Indian landowners. Judge Thomas Hogan set a new deadline for January 7, 2011, reasoning …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A US soldier accused of killing three Afghan civilians in an unprovoked rogue assault earlier this year will face a court-martial for premeditated murder, the US Army announced Friday. Specialist Jeremy Morlock of Joint Base Lewis McChord is one of five soldiers accused of murdering the civilians in separate incidents between …

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