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Legal news from Saturday, June 3, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

Canadian security authorities said Saturday that a major terrorist attack on Canadian targets had been thwarted by the arrests of twelve men and five youths in Ontario Friday. A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) told a news conference that the suspects, charged under the terrorism provisions of Section 83 …

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by Holly Manges Jones

In his weekly radio address Saturday, President George W. Bush voiced his support for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage which is scheduled for a vote in the US Senate in the coming week. Bush promoted the Marriage Protection Amendment that would formally define marriage as between a man and woman …

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by Tom Henry

Denmark's parliament has adopted two new anti-terror measures conceived in the aftermath of the July 2005 London terrorist attacks. The new laws give the Danish Security Intelligence Service (PET) broader access to the financial and medical records of suspects and to communications made by suspected terrorists and details of airplane passenger lists without …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Irish President Mary McAleese signed an emergency bill into law Friday authorizing jail sentences for persons convicted of for having sex with minors, but allowing them to use mistake of age as a defense. The bill was hurriedly passed through the Irish Parliament after the Irish Supreme Court last week ruled a …

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by Tom Henry

US District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled Friday that most of the government documents sought by former Vice-Presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and his defense team were not closely tied to the narrow issue of his case and would not be released to him. Libby has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Adnan al-Kazimi, an aide to new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, said Saturday that the Iraqi government would open its own investigation into the deaths of Iraq civilians in Ishaqi after an official statement by a US military spokesman Saturday cleared US troops from all wrongdoing in the deaths. Kazimi told Reuters, …

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by Tom Henry

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission must examine the risk of a terrorist attack when it considers the environmental effect of a proposed expansion project at California's Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The Commission had found that the …

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by Tom Henry

Judge Robert W. Pratt, chief judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, ruled Friday that a religious prison organization receiving government funds violated the US Constitution because it was used to rehabilitate prison inmates by advocating the tenets of Christianity. He found that inmates who voluntarily entered the program benefited through improved living …

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