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Law in the major papers ~ Absentee ballots, Sudan immigrants, EU approves MCI/Sprint merger, Scalia recording litigation ends

[JURIST] Wednesday's New York Times includes articles about the difficulties abroad in the absentee ballot system, US immigration courts beginning to encounter natives of Darfur in Sudan, where militia attacks have forced many to flee, a lawsuit filed by the New York Times in federal court to stop a federal prosecutor from inspecting telephone records of two Times reporters, a Yemeni judge sentencing two men to death and four others to prison terms ranging from five to 10 years for orchestrating the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole, the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upholding the HealthSouth valuation by prosecutors of $328 million in investor losses, and the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg concluding the European Commission had no grounds to block the proposed $120 billion merger of MCI WorldCom and Sprint four years ago.

The Washington Post notes that the Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether the Constitution permits governments to transfer property from one private owner to another in the name of creating jobs and tax revenue, the Associated Press and the Hattiesburg American agreed Tuesday to end their litigation against the US Marshals Service over the erasing of recordings of a speech by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and the House passed a bill to crack down on unauthorized copying of movies, music and other copyrighted materials.

USA Today highlights the Justice Department announcement Tuesday that it will appeal a Nebraska judge's ruling that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional and an update on the Peterson trial.

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