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Legal news from Tuesday, June 20, 2006
by Joe Shaulis

Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives announced Tuesday that they would postpone final negotiations on immigration reform legislation until after hearings around the country in the coming months. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has told House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner to prepare for an unusual round of "field hearings" beginning in August …

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by Joe Shaulis

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of Louisiana's new law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. US District Judge James Brady of the Middle District of Louisiana in Baton Rouge granted a temporary restraining order requested by two industry groups, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the …

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by Joe Shaulis

Prisoners across Nepal are demanding general amnesty following the release of more than 1,000 Maoist rebels, many of whom had been detained under a royal government anti-terrorism law effectively scrapped last week by the new parliamentary government in a gesture of reconciliation. Although most of the protests have been peaceful, …

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by Joe Shaulis

The prosecutor-general of East Timor has issued an arrest warrant for former Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato, accused of giving weapons to a rebel group that targeted opponents of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. The United Nations Office in East Timor said in a statement that Lobato is suspected of supplying …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Barbados government on Tuesday asked the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to overturn a legal precedent that blocks capital punishment in an effort to impose the death penalty on two convicted murderers. Jeffrey Joseph and Lennox Boyd were both sentenced to death by hanging for the 1999 murder of a 22-year old woman, but …

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by Joe Shaulis

South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk and five colleagues went on trial Tuesday, with prosecutors calling for harsh punishment and defense lawyers responding that criminal penalties are inappropriate for academic fraud. Prosecutors charged Hwang in May in the Seoul District Court with fraud, embezzlement and violating bioethics laws for his claims that he had produced …

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by Jaime Jansen

A federal judge has ordered the Los Angeles County jail system to create an expert panel to oversee reform at Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, one of seven LA country jails that was marred by racially-motivated riots by inmates earlier this year. US District Judge Dean Pregerson toured Men's Central in May, …

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by Joe Shaulis

David Safavian, former head of procurement for the US government, was convicted Tuesday of four of five felony charges stemming from the scandal surrounding former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. After five days of deliberations, a federal jury in Washington, DC, found Safavian guilty of obstructing an investigation by the General Services Administration, …

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by Joe Shaulis

Two UK law enforcement associations denounced parts of the pending Police and Justice Bill on Tuesday and called on the House of Lords to amend it. In a press release, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Police Authorities said it would shift power to the Home …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US District Court for the District of Arizona has rejected a bid by Latino and voter-advocacy groups to temporarily halt a requirement that voters show government-issued identification to prove that they are US citizens when they register to vote. The measure, which was approved in 2004 in an effort to stop voter fraud, is …

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by Jaime Jansen

A former federal civil servant found guilty earlier this month of defrauding the Canadian government of more than $1.6 million in the so-called sponsorship scandal that helped bring down Canada's Liberal Party government in January was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison Monday. After seven days of deliberations, a jury in Montreal convicted Chuck …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Federal Bureau of Investigation encountered "numerous systemic problems" during its investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, "ranging from poor individual performance to more substantial systemic deficiencies that undermined the FBI's efforts to detect and prevent terrorism," according to a report first written in 2004 but …

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by Jaime Jansen

Newly released Pentagon documents provide evidence of "desperate and immoral conditions" at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay prior to the three suicides there earlier this month, according to ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday released over 1000 pages of …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Israeli government said Monday that it will review the path of the West Bank security barrier after the High Court of Justice last week ordered the state to take down a five-kilometer section of the barrier. The court ordered that the section surrounding the illegal Israeli settlement of …

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by Jaime Jansen

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was transported out of Sierra Leone to the Netherlands Tuesday to await trial by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, according to Sierra Leone Vice-President Solomon Berewa. Taylor's transport comes just one day after the SCSL authorized the transfer. The UN Security Council …

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