Legal news from Saturday, October 9, 2004
20:10 EDT

Police arrested in Denver, Colorado, some 230 protestors Saturday when they blocked a Columbus Day parade route. The protesters were trying to draw attention to the genocide and history of American Indians. Many carried signs; some called Columbus a "savage" and others said "Not Genocide, Celebrate Pride." The annual parade [read more]

17:10 EDT

Both houses of Congress passed a bill Saturday that expands the access of rape victims and convicted felons to DNA testing. HR 5107 - termed the Justice for All Act of 2004 (text here) - was approved by voice vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The [read more]

16:10 EDT

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said Saturday that once negotiations begin with the EU for Turkey's admission, there will be no stopping the eventual accession of the country into the regional organization. The European Commission report issued this week recommended that negotiations begin, but warned that talks would be suspended [read more]

15:10 EDT

Ould Hanena, the alleged mastermind of the 2003 coup attempt against President Maaouiya Ould Taya of Mauritania (official site in Hassaniya Arabic) was arrested Saturday near the Senegal border. Hanena is wanted for his alleged involvement in the 2003 attempted coup, which resulted in 15 deaths during a 2 day [read more]

14:10 EDT

Early reports out of Zimbabwe (official government website) Saturday state that the goverment of that country is planning to add an amendment to the already controversial NGO bill that would expand the prohibition of international rights organizations to those involved in educating the public on anti-corruption programs and issues of [read more]

09:10 EDT

The validity of Afghanistan's national election was thrown into doubt Saturday after reports of widespread voting irregularities prompted 15 candidates running in opposition to Interim President Hamid Karzai to declare a boycott of the poll, the results of which they say they will not recognize. BBC News has more; see [read more]

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