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Legal news from Monday, March 19, 2012
by Jamie Reese

Madoff trustee Irving Picard and the owners of the New York Mets on Monday reached a $162 million settlement for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, avoiding a trial in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Jury selection was supposed to begin Monday in a trial that would …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Serbian General Ljubisa Dikovic on Monday brought a libel suit against the head of a Serbian human rights group that accused him of failing to prevent war crimes in 1998 and 1999 during the war in Kosovo. Natasa Kandic, director of the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC), accused Dikovic of war …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Swiss judge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) resigned on Monday over a dispute with a Cambodian ECCC judge. International Co-Investigating Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet said that he faced ongoing resistance from National Co-Investigating Judge You Bunleng concerning investigations relating to ECCC Khmer Rouge cases 003 …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in two capital cases. In Ryan v. Gonzales [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether 18 USC § 3599(a)(2), which provides that an indigent capital state inmate pursuing federal habeas relief "shall be entitled to the appointment of one or more attorneys," impliedly entitles …

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by Sarah Posner

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) failed to investigate the Libyan civilians killed by air strikes which assisted in the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. According to AI's report, entitled, "Libya: The forgotten victims of NATO Strikes," numerous civilians were either injured …

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