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Legal news from Wednesday, June 28, 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly on Wednesday renewed calls for Russia to abolish the death penalty. Russia recently assumed the rotating chairmanship of the COE's Committee of Ministers. The Assembly also suggested that if talks to persuade the US and Japan to abolish the death penalty do not progress …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has urged Nepal's Maoist Communist Party (CPN-M) to end alleged abductions and other abuses committed by the party. In a letter following up on a meeting last week, the OHCHR warned that any abduction of non-combatants would violate international human …

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by James M Yoch Jr

A lawyer for Morgan Stanley asked a three-judge panel of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal on Wednesday to overturn a "disproportionate" 2005 jury verdict awarded to billionaire financier and Revlon Chairman Ron Perelman. In oral arguments Wednesday, lawyer Bruce Rogow asserted that the suit should have been tried under New York …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday signed off on requirements for obtaining a photo ID card that citizens of Georgia must present to vote in elections. Georgia's State Election Board, which voted last week to clear the rules, will meet Thursday to discuss whether the rules …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called for congressional action on regulation of the hedge fund industry, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Blumenthal told the panel that federal oversight was needed to fill a "regulatory void" and said that states would exercise their police powers to regulate hedge funds if Congress hesitates to …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Terry Collins, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has set forth several changes in Ohio's lethal injection protocol in a report and letter addressed to Ohio Governor Bob Taft made public Wednesday. The changes were prompted by the problematic May execution of Joseph Clark, …

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by Jaime Jansen

Indonesia is preparing to execute three men convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, a spokesman from the Indonesian Attorney General's office said Wednesday. Under Indonesian law, spokesman Wayan Pasek Suarte could not disclose the location or date when the three men will be executed by firing squad, but he indicated that the government had obtained a …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A UK High Court judge ruled Wednesday that control orders authorizing the electronic monitoring or house arrest of terror suspects where there is not enough evidence to prosecute or convict them violate Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects against indefinite detentions. Mr. Justice Sullivan quashed the control …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit seeking an order compelling Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to stop visiting the Yasukuni war shrine, a shrine that honors all Japanese war dead, including war criminals. The lawsuit, filed by 137 Japanese and South Korean plaintiffs and a South Korean advocacy group also sought 30,000 …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Human rights groups have condemned the decision of the al-Warraq Misdemeanor Court in Egypt to sentence controversial newspaper editor Ibrahim Eissa [al-Ahram profile] to a year in prison for publishing a report critical of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The case against Eissa, the former editor of the independent weekly al-Dustour, arose from an April 2005 report on …

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by Joe Shaulis

A London-based civil liberties group has asked data-protection and privacy officials in more than a dozen countries to prevent the further release of confidential financial information to American authorities. The watchdog group, Privacy International, said Wednesday that it had filed complaints in 13 European nations, as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, …

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by Jaime Jansen

Nepalese officials have delayed the drafting of an interim constitution, which will allow Maoist rebels to join an interim government, for at least another two weeks, according to Laxman Prasad Aryal, a former Supreme Court Justice and leader of the six-person Nepali Interim Constitution Drafting Committee. The interim government and Maoist rebels negotiated a landmark deal …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk on Tuesday reversed an earlier decision revoking citizenship from former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia. Ali resigned from the Dutch parliament in May after Verdonk declared Hirsi Ali's 1997 naturalization invalid because she lied on the application. During her 2002 confirmation hearings, Ali admitted …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Former US attorney general turned Saddam Hussein defense lawyer Ramsey Clark [Salon.com profile] told a Washington press conference Tuesday that executing Saddam only would only precipitate more sectarian violence in Iraq. He made the comment only a few days after the New York Times reported that Hussein believes the tribunal will issue a death sentence against him …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday held in the consolidated cases of Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon and Bustillo v. Johnson that suppression of statements given to the police is not an appropriate remedy when police fail to inform foreign nationals of their right to have their consulates notified of …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court ruled in Beard v. Banks Wednesday that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections could set regulations forbidding the most difficult inmates from reading and possessing general-interest newspapers and magazines, despite arguments that such regulations violated the First Amendment. Plaintiff Ronald Banks, a convicted …

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by Jaime Jansen

Guards at Guantanamo Bay found nooses in prisoners' cells after three detainees committed suicide earlier this month by hanging themselves using clothing and bed linens, according to the US detention center's commander. Rear Adm. Harry Harris also said Tuesday that detainees stage have staged suicide attempts and hunger strikes …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court held Wednesday in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry and three other consolidated cases that only one of the new voting districts created by the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan that helped Republicans gain six seats in the US Congress …

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by Joe Shaulis

Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony told the Times of London in an interview published Wednesday that he was "not guilty" of atrocities attributed to him, describing himself as a "freedom fighter" rather than a terrorist. Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is wanted by the International Criminal …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Financial firm Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc on Tuesday agreed to pay a $10 million settlement to the US Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting or denying allegations made by the SEC that Morgan Stanley failed to protect against potential misuse of insider trading information as required by law. The SEC instituted …

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by Jaime Jansen

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday clarified vague portions of his national reconciliation proposal, saying that no insurgent responsible for the death of Iraqis or coalition forces would be entitled to amnesty. In an interview with several US newspapers, al-Maliki saidThe fighter who did not kill anyone will be included in the …

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by Joe Shaulis

A two-year campaign to pass a physician-assisted suicide law in California has failed by one vote in a legislative committee. The state's Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 on Tuesday to reject the California Compassionate Choices Act, which was modeled on Oregon's Death With Dignity Act [text, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

European Union nations may create additional requirements to family reunification where a child is older than 12 years old and arrives in the member nation as an immigrant before the rest of the family without violating fundamental family rights, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday. The ECJ dismissed an action filed by …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Justice Department on Tuesday asked a federal judge in Detroit to dismiss a lawsuit brought by eleven Democrats from the US House of Representatives seeking to halt the implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The law was signed by President Bush in February, but identical …

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