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Legal news from Saturday, July 29, 2006
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Over 20,000 Bangladeshis marched Saturday in the capital Dhaka calling for electoral reforms ahead of a nationwide poll scheduled for January. Peaceful demonstrations organized by a coalition of 14 opposition parties began Tuesday. The demonstrators were closely watched by police and security services on the alert for violence and [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A frustrated New Orleans Parish criminal court [official website] judge said Friday in an emergency order that he will start releasing prisoners on August 29 if their cases do not go to trial by then. Judge Arthur Hunter asked, "If we are still part of the United States and [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] has signed a controversial law against extremism that a Kremlin statement described as "aimed at improving the definition of extremist activity by classifying socially dangerous actions as extremist." Crimes embraced by the legislation approved late Friday following passage by the Russian parliament [RFE/RL [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] CBS [media website] has appealed a Federal Communications Commission [official website] decision to fine it $550,000 [JURIST report] for an incident in the 2004 Super Bowl broadcast when performer Janet Jackson experienced what was later euphemistically labeled a "wardrobe malfunction" [Wikipedia backgrounder] that briefly exposed one of her breasts. [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed two key bills late Friday in a blitz of legislative activity before its scheduled summer adjournment. A measure [HR 4 materials] described by House Majority Leader John Boehner (D-OH) as representing "the most sweeping changes to America's pension laws in more than 30 [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that US President George W. Bush has offered Blair a brief apology for apparent US failure to follow proper UK aviation safety procedures in a recent transshipment of American "smart bombs" to Israel via Prestwick International Airport [corporate website] [read more]

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