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Legal news from Tuesday, July 25, 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Illinois on behalf of state residents against AT&T for allegedly turning over phone records to the National Security Agency (NSA) as part of its domestic surveillance program. US District Judge Matthew …

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by James M Yoch Jr

A Chinese court has delayed a verdict for the second time in the trial of Zhao Yan, a former New York Times researcher accused of providing state secrets to foreigners. According to Zhao's lawyers, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ordered the delay without giving a reason or setting a new date for the verdict. …

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by James M Yoch Jr

A federal judge in Houston denied a motion Tuesday from former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling that would have overturned his conviction on 19 out of 28 securities and wire fraud and insider trading counts because of insufficient evidence. US District Judge Sim Lake, however, has yet to rule on …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The retrial [BBC Q&A] of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of spreading HIV to more than 400 Libyan patients who were mostly children has been postponed yet again to allow the prosecutor to summon defense witnesses who have not yet appeared in court. Judge Mahmud Huweissa ordered a delay until Aug. …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit Tuesday to prevent two members of the Missouri Public Service Commission from gathering information about whether Missouri consumers' telephone records were released to the National Security Agency (NSA) in connection with its domestic surveillance program. The lawsuit, filed in US District …

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by Joe Shaulis

Two Republican members of the US Congress announced a proposal Tuesday to bridge the gap between the Senate and House versions of immigration reform legislation. The plan devised by US Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and US Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) incorporates elements of the Senate and House bills by implementing a …

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by Joe Shaulis

A bill that would set up a nationwide online database of sex offenders' homes and workplaces is awaiting President Bush's approval following passage Tuesday by the US House. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, named after a Florida boy who was abducted from a shopping mall and killed …

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by Jaime Jansen

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Tuesday it has appealed the dismissal of a highly publicized lawsuit brought by the ACLU against CIA Director George Tenet and other agency officials and employees on behalf of Khalid el-Masri, a Lebanese born German citizen who claims that the US …

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by Joe Shaulis

Democrats in the US Senate are proposing additional exemptions for a bill that would punish those who help a minor cross state lines to receive an abortion without parental consent or notification. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) plans to offer an amendment to the Child Custody Protection Act that would …

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by Jaime Jansen

The UK Home Office announced plans to overhaul Britain's immigration system Tuesday in a review outlining how the Home Office's Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) will respond to the impact of globalization, changing travel patterns and evolving international crime and terrorism. The review recommends implementing identification cards, including biometric visas [eGov …

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by Joe Shaulis

The youngest suspect arrested in June in connection with an alleged terrorist plot to attack Canadian targets has been released on bail. The 16-year-old, whose name has not been publicized because he is a minor, was released Monday after a judge spent nearly two weeks deliberating, according to the suspect's lawyer, Michael Block. Details of the suspect's …

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by Jaime Jansen

Three men convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings will likely be executed in late August, a spokesman from the Bali district attorney's office said Tuesday. Under Indonesian law, head of Denpasar's district attorney office Made Suratmaja cannot disclose the location or date when the three men will be executed by firing squad, but said …

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by Jaime Jansen

Three men convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings will likely be executed in late August, a spokesman from the Bali district attorney's office said Tuesday. Under Indonesian law, head of Denpasar's district attorney office Made Suratmaja cannot disclose the location or date when the three men will be executed by firing squad, but said …

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by Joe Shaulis

The joint UN-Cambodian court that will try former leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that decimated Cambodia's population in the "killing fields" of the late 1970s must move quickly or risk the deaths of more of the aging genocide suspects, the US ambassador to Cambodia said Tuesday. Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli, speaking to more …

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by Kiran Chapagain

Nepal’s reinstated parliament on Tuesday directed the government to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the new international tribunal established to try crimes against humanity. “Nepali people want an end to impunity," a parliamentary declaration said. "They also want to see human rights perpetrators punished. So this parliament orders the Government of Nepal …

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by Jaime Jansen

A terror watch list designed to keep suspected terrorist from entering the United States through one of 324 points of entry is vague and ineffective, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Richard Skinner said Monday. Skinner released an unclassified version of a report on actions taken to intercept suspected terrorists …

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by Jaime Jansen

Momcilo Mandic, the former Bosnian Serb justice minister in the wartime government under Radovan Karadzic, pleaded not guilty at the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday to charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, embezzlement and fraud. Mandic was charged in connection with his …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday defended his proposal to subject the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program to review by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, saying that the court is well suited to consider the program because of its "expertise" and because "Its closed proceedings …

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by Jaime Jansen

Native Americans participating in the ten-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 have indicated they may be willing to settle their lawsuit for $8 billion. The $8 billion offer is much lower than the $27.5 …

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by Jaime Jansen

The UN Security Council on Monday called for renewed efforts to protect children in areas of armed conflict to build on progress in implementing Resolution 1612, which requires international monitoring of children's rights in seven areas of armed conflict. Though the resolution, adopted unanimously last July, has already produced results, the …

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by Jaime Jansen

Thailand's criminal court on Tuesday sentenced three members of the Election Commission of Thailand to four years in jail for violating election law in connection with arrangements for the April parliamentary election. The results of that election have since been annulled by the nation's highest courts. The three election commissioners - …

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by Jaime Jansen

US Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced plans Monday to introduce legislation that will give Congress the power to file court challenges against presidential bill signing statements in order to have the signing statement declared unconstitutional. Specter's comments came on the same day that an American Bar Association Task Force on Presidential Signing …

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