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Legal news from Tuesday, July 11, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday directed that US District Judge Royce Lamberth, the outspoken jurist presiding over the 10-year old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website] involving the alleged mismanagement of American Indian money by the US Department of the Interior, be removed from the …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Tuesday asked a federal district court judge to block a Minnesota law taking effect August 1 that imposes fines of up to $25 on minors who purchase games rated for adults and requires retailers to post notice of the fines. The ESA claims that although the law targets consumers …

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by Joe Shaulis

A lawyer for the US Department of Defense (DOD) told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that US military treatment of detainees complies with Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, even though the Bush administration had insisted until last week that detainees designated as enemy combatants were not entitled to Geneva protections. Responding to …

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by Joe Shaulis

A group of Sunni legislators known as the Iraqi Accordance Front announced plans Tuesday to end their boycott of the Iraqi parliament after Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for unity. Members of the Front - the largest Sunni bloc, holding 44 of the 275 seats in the National Assembly - will return to …

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by Joe Shaulis

Defense lawyers argued that Croatian journalist Josip Jovic should not have been prosecuted for contempt as his trial began Tuesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Jovic, editor of Slobodna Dalmacija, has pleaded not guilty to contempt of court charges [indictment …

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by Joe Shaulis

The government of Italy was not involved in and did not know in advance of the CIA's alleged extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian cleric, an Italian defense official told legislators Tuesday. The official, Giovanni Lorenzo Forceri, told Italian Senate committees investigating the alleged kidnapping that Italy has never "accepted or practiced" …

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by Jaime Jansen

A lawyer representing one of 17 Canadians arrested on terror charges in June argued Monday in an Ontario court that Canada's anti-terror legislation discriminates because it focuses only on "brown" Muslim and Arab groups and excludes "white" groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. Rocco Galati asked that the bail …

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by Joe Shaulis

President Bush again urged the US Senate on Tuesday to pass legislation allowing him to use a line-item veto to weed out what the White House has labeled wasteful spending. In White House remarks on the Office of Management and Budget's Mid-Session Review for 2006, Bush called for the Senate …

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by Jaime Jansen

The European Court of Justice Tuesday found former French prime minister Edith Cresson breached the obligations of her office by indulging in favoritism and abuse of office when she served as a European Commissioner in the 1990s. The European Commission referred Cresson's case to the court in 2004. …

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by Jaime Jansen

China has rejected a strongly worded UN Security Council official website] resolution responding to North Korea's missile launches earlier this month, instead proposing a mild resolution to encourage North Korea not to launch test-missiles. As with the tougher resolution, circulated by Japan on Friday, China's proposal would urge North Korea to stop developing missiles …

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by Jaime Jansen

A group of twenty retired military officers has submitted a letter to the US Senate Judiciary Committee expressing "deep concern" about the fitness of William Haynes II [official profile; resumé], the current Pentagon general counsel, to serve as a federal judge. The twenty officers, including former commander of US forces in the Middle East, Marine …

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by Jaime Jansen

Khieu Samphan, the former head of state of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime, left his home overnight and headed toward a neighboring province, just hours after prosecutors began compiling evidence against former Khmer Rouge leaders. It is not clear whether he and his wife fled their home to avoid prosecution or whether the …

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by Jaime Jansen

Colorado state lawmakers passed a bill [HB 06S-1023 text, PDF] Monday that will force residents receiving state or federal benefits to prove their citizenship in order to continue receiving aid, in what some are calling one of the toughest illegal immigration measures in the country. The legislation will deny non-emergency state benefits to approximately 50,000 illegal immigrants currently receiving …

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by Jaime Jansen

Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman, presiding over the Saddam Hussein trial, on Tuesday adjourned the trial until July 24 in a bid to give Hussein and his lawyers time to return from a boycott of proceedings. Hussein, along with several co-defendants and defense lawyers, on Monday boycotted trial proceedings at the Iraq High Tribunal …

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by Jaime Jansen

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) killed the self-confessed mastermind of the 2004 Beslan school siege along with 12 other militants in an early morning special operation Monday, according to Nikolai Patrushev, head of the FSB. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed relief that …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US military has decided to apply the Geneva Conventions to all detainees held in US military custody around the world, according to Tuesday's Financial Times. The move marks a sharp reversal from a previous policy classifying detainees as "enemy combatants" outside the protections of Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. The provision, often called Common …

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