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Legal news from Sunday, July 2, 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

Bolivians voted Sunday to elect 255 delegates to a special assembly that will rewrite the country’s constitution and decide whether to entrench greater power in the states or in the national government. The Movement Toward Socialism Party of President Evo Morales is expected to emerge as …

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by Brett Murphy

Iraqi officials disclosed Sunday that Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter Raghad and first wife Sajida are named on its most-wanted list along with top Baathists and al Qaeda leaders. Iraqi authorities accuse the two of using secretly-looted money to fund Baathist insurgents. Raghad, now in Jordan, has led efforts to organize her father's legal defense [JURIST …

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by Brett Murphy

The Pentagon released a declassified version of a 2005 review of US prisoner interrogation practices on Friday. The review, conducted by Vice Adm. Albert T. Church, found that while "interrogation policy could have benefited from additional expertise and oversight," no uniformed or civilian leader had encouraged prisoner abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan, or at Guantanamo Bay.The Pentagon released …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Foreign judges who will preside over the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders arrived in Cambodia on Sunday in preparation for the genocide tribunal that is slated to begin proceedings in mid-2007. The judges, who hail from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Poland, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, and the …

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by James M Yoch Jr

A new so-called “shoot first” (alternatively, "stand your ground") law took effect in Georgia on Saturday allowing state residents to use deadly force to respond to threats in public places with no duty to retreat. The law, which easily passed through the Republican-controlled state legislature beginning with the state Senate in March, also frees shooters who act …

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by Brett Murphy

Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Stankovic said Saturday that US and British intelligence agents are helping with the search for indicted UN war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic. The Serbian government holds that it has done everything in its power to locate Mladic, and recently announced that Mladic had been hiding in Serbia …

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by Brett Murphy

Thousands of Parisians marched through the city Saturday in a protest against a contentious new immigration law passed by the French Parliament Friday. The new law makes it more difficult for immigrants to obtain residency permits and ends the practice of automatically granting long-term residency papers …

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