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Legal news from Tuesday, July 18, 2006
by Joe Shaulis

The state of Missouri must give all prison inmates access to abortion a federal judge in Kansas City ruled Tuesday. US District Judge Dean Whipple ruled last year in Roe v. Crawford that Missouri had to provide a particular inmate with transportation to an abortion facility and the American …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Senate voted Tuesday afternoon to increase federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, but the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act fell four votes shy of the two-thirds supermajority needed to survive an expected White House veto - President Bush's first. At an afternoon press briefing …

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by Joe Shaulis

Islamic militant group Hezbollah [US State Dept. backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] violated international humanitarian law and likely committed war crimes by firing the rockets that have killed at least a dozen Israelis, whether the attacks were targeted at civilians or merely indiscriminate, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. Most …

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by Joe Shaulis

Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani says he has received a five-year prison sentence for disclosing confidential information and engaging in propaganda against the regime, even though neither he nor his lawyers appeared in court or saw the primary evidence against him. Working with Tehran's Defenders of Human Rights Center, which is led by …

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by Jeannie Shawl

AP is reporting that the US House of Representatives has defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. House leaders scheduled the vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment [PDF text; H.J. Res. 88 summary] despite a failed vote on the Senate floor in June. Last month, President Bush …

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by Joe Shaulis

BetOnSports PLC and its chief executive are among four corporations and 11 individuals indicted by a federal grand jury in St. Louis on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and fraud for allegedly accepting illegal sports bets online. The indictment, returned on June 1 but only unsealed Monday, also alleges that BetOnSports founder Gary Stephen Kaplan failed to pay …

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by Joe Shaulis

Leading class-action law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman has pleaded not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges in US District Court in Los Angeles. In a message e-mailed to the media after Monday's arraignment, the firm described its indictment as "unprecedented and unfair" and expressed confidence that it would be "fully vindicated," echoing an …

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by Jaime Jansen

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has expressed continued concern for the human rights situation in Iraq in its latest bi-monthly report, welcoming the new Iraqi government's "firm commitment to address forcefully urgent human rights concerns" while establishing democracy, but also noting concern over the increasing number of civilian casualties …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that President Bush personally put an end to an internal Justice Department investigation into the role DOJ lawyers played in designing the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program. During a Department of Justice oversight hearing, committee chairman Sen. Arlen …

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by Jaime Jansen

Louisiana officials arrested a doctor and two nurses Monday night in connection with patient deaths at the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina hit last year. Though prosecutors have not formally charged the three - Dr. Anna Pou, Cheri Landry and Laura Bubo - a spokesman for Louisiana Attorney General …

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by Jaime Jansen

A Dutch court on Monday rejected a request to ban a political party that wants to lower the age of sexual consent from 16 to 12, saying "the freedom to set up a political party" can be viewed as "the basis for a democratic society." Opponents had asked The Hague District Court to bar the Party for Neighborly Love, …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Senate continues debate Tuesday on embryonic stem cell research funding with a vote set for Tuesday afternoon on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to provide government funding for stem cell research, despite a definitive statement from the Bush administration that President Bush will veto the bill [Washington …

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by Jaime Jansen

The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday added war crimes to the charges against Momcilo Mandic, the former Bosnian Serb justice minister in the wartime government under Radovan Karadzic. Mandic has been charged under Article 173 of the Criminal Code of Bosnia and …

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by Jaime Jansen

A court in Serbia issued a new international arrest warrant Monday for Mirjana Markovic, the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. The court issued the warrant because Markovic on multiple occasions has failed to appear in court on abuse of power charges in connection to obtaining a flat for the family …

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