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Legal news from Saturday, June 24, 2006
by Brett Murphy

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines Saturday signed into law a bill abolishing the death penalty. The law repeals the country's 12-year old death penalty and converts all current death penalty sentences into terms of life imprisonment.The Philippines Senate and House of Representatives passed the bill …

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by Brett Murphy

A provision in the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act on its way to the US House of Representatives after being passed 96-0 Thursday by the Senate would restore military aid to countries that refuse to sign bilateral immunity agreements - so-called Article 98 agreements - under which they promise not to hand over …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Navy announced Friday that it has begun a criminal investigation into how information containing Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors was found on a civilian Web site. Although the information has been removed, the Navy did not identify the Web site or its owner, nor did it explain how the …

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by Brett Murphy

The American Bar Assocation (ABA) and the US Justice Department agreed on Friday that the ABA would pay the goverment $185,000 in fees and costs for violating six provisions of a 1996 court order that settled a 1995 government suit against the association for violations of antitrust law. The suit alleged that the …

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by Brett Murphy

Governor M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut said Friday that a tentative agreement has been made between the city of New London and two homeowners who refused to leave their homes for a private development on their land and ultimately took their case all the way to the US Supreme Court. Susette Kelo and Pasquale Cristofaro risked forced …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals declined Friday to order the government to turn over information about the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program in its terrorism financing case against Yassin Aref. Aref asked for greater access to the evidence against him in an attempt to determine if it had been gathered through …

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