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Legal news from Wednesday, November 2, 2011
13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The first Croatian Minister of Internal Affairs Josip Boljkovac was arrested Wednesday for war crimes committed from 1945-1946. Boljkovac, 89, was arrested near his home in Karlovac in connection with the deaths of fascist soldiers and sympathizers post World War II. The investigation against Boljkovac involves alleged executions [B92 [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday denied a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee [decision, PDF] from seeking damages from banks and third parties for the victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Irving Picard, who was designated by the court [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Tunisian courts will review a request for the extradition of former Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi placed by the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] on November 8, according to a statement made Wednesday by al-Mahmoudi's lawyer Mabrouk Kourchid. Al-Mahmoudi has been held in Tunisia since September [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt will amend its constitution [Al Ahram report, in Arabic] to allow citizens living abroad to vote in parliamentary elections, according to a Wednesday report by state-run media outlet Al Ahram. Chairman of the High Commission for Elections [official website], Judge Abdel Moaz Ibrahim, suggested amending Article 39 [Al [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers charged with defending detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that procedures and practices employed by the US government make it impossible for them to do their jobs. In a letter [text, PDF] directed to the attention of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld the convictions of five men [opinion, PDF] for conspiracy to provide support to terrorist group al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in planning attacks in the US. Two of the men were also convicted of plotting to [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday issued a letter [text] to each school district in Alabama to serve as a reminder that they must provide equal access to public education for all children, regardless of their immigration status. The letter, authored by Assistant Attorney General [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Tuesday. In Rehberg v. Paulk [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered whether government officials who act as "complaining witnesses" to initiate a prosecution by providing false testimony in a grand jury hearing [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US government on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official website] alleging that Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corporation (Allied) [corporate website] and two of its top executives misled the government into believing that its loan qualified for [read more]

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