Legal news from Sunday, December 11, 2005
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[JURIST] A deadlocked federal jury in a Texas Vioxx case [JURIST report] will resume its deliberations Monday after informing US District Judge Eldon Fallon on Saturday that it could not reach a unanimous verdict about whether Merck & Co.’s [corporate website] Vioxx [JURIST news archive] painkiller caused Richard Irvin’s heart [read more]

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[JURIST] Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday in an interview on Fox News Sunday that would support changing Senate procedures to ban judicial filibusters if Democrats attempt to use the device to block the US Supreme Coourt nomination of Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive]. “Supreme Court justice [read more]

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[JURIST] The Iraqi government announced Sunday that it will enforce strict security measures for Thursday's parliamentary elections, including closing all borders, extending curfews and banning travel across provincial boundaries from Tuesday through Saturday. Meanwhile, US-led coalition forces and the Iraqi government released 238 detainees [Bloomberg News report] from Abu Ghraib [read more]

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[JURIST] The interim government of Haiti [JURIST news archive] has removed five of its ten Supreme Court judges in what it called an “administrative measure, to improve the efficiency of the court.” Many speculate that the forced retirement of the five is a political response to the presidential candidacy of [read more]

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