Legal news from Sunday, April 24, 2005
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[JURIST] Francois Roux, a French lawyer advising Aicha El Wafi, the mother of indicted US terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui, the French citizen who earlier this week pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy stemming from the September 11th terrorist attacks, said Sunday he was disappointed about Moussaoui's plea but promised [read more]

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[JURIST] Senate majority leader Bill Frist, in a taped statement to be aired Sunday evening, urged [Frist statement transcript] conservatives to recognize that judges "deserve respect, not retaliation no matter how they rule," and defended his actions to stop Democrats from blocking conservative judicial nominations. FRC Action [advocacy website], the [read more]

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[JURIST] Pope Benedict XVI [Wikipedia profile; official Vatican website] was officially installed [AP report] as the 265th head of the Catholic Church on Sunday, receiving the symbolic pallium [Wikipedia entry] and the Ring of the Fisherman [Wikipedia profile], and celebrating Mass [Vatican order of service, in Italian] in St. Peter's [read more]

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[JURIST] Syria, listed by the US since 1979 as a state sponsor of terrorism, has signed on to a UN treaty [Reuters report] designed to block funding of terrorist activities, according to a UN official speaking Sunday. Syria becomes the 136th nation to sign on to the International Convention for [read more]

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[JURIST] Four current leaders [AP report] and a former European Commission president [AFP report] have this weekend urged French voters to adopt the new European constitution [backgrounder; full text] in a May 29 referendum, warning that rejection could have dire consequences, extending even to the "fall of Europe" as a [read more]

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[JURIST] Days after being removed from power by Congress, Ecuador's former president Lucio Gutierrez [JURIST news archive] fled the country [AP report] aboard a Brazilian air force plane on Sunday. Brazil granted Gutierrez political asylum [Reuters report] Thursday; new Ecuadorian president despite Alfredo Palacio said Friday he would allow Gutierrez [read more]

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