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Legal news from Tuesday, August 8, 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Tuesday ruled 5-1 that the state's Charitable Immunity Act, which protects non-profit organizations from ordinary negligence claims, permits plaintiffs to sue non-profits on sex abuse claims stemming from willful, wanton or grossly negligent conduct. The underlying case, Hardwicke v. American Boychoir School, involved an …

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by Joe Shaulis

The UN Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday that encourages Secretary-General Kofi Annan to work more closely with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). All 15 Security Council members voted for Resolution 1699, co-sponsored by the US, Britain and Denmark, which says that more cooperation would increase the effectiveness …

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by Joe Shaulis

Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa's obstruction-of-justice trial began Tuesday, eight days after the charges were tentatively dropped because of alleged intimidation of magistrates by Security Minister Didymus Mutasa. Chinamasa is accused of pressuring witnesses not to testify about political violence linked to Mutasa before parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe last year. After magistrates in …

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by Jaime Jansen

Former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will withdraw his name from the Texas ballot in this fall's congressional elections, a Republican strategist told AP on Tuesday. DeLay's move comes one day after US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia denied a request from the Texas Republican Party to stay a federal appeals …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit declined Tuesday to review a US Department of Energy (DOE) proposal to move nuclear waste to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository by rail, finding that some claims by the State of Nevada lacked merit while others were unripe. Nevada sued in the DC Circuit …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has begun a criminal investigation into possible fraud stemming from bankruptcy proceedings for Russian oil giant Yukos, according to Tuesday reports from the Itar-Tass news agency. The investigation centers on allegations that former Yukos officials embezzled money by securing a $4.5 billion loan from Yukos …

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by Jaime Jansen

Prosecutors in Indonesia are seeking jail terms of up to 15 years for four Islamist militants suspected in the 2005 Bali bombings, which killed two dozen people. The trial of the four suspects began in May, and prosecutors on Tuesday said they want 15 years in jail for Muhammad Cholily, suspected to have close …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Bush administration and the US Department of Homeland Security are considering plans to change some immigration rules for Cubans with relatives living in the United States in an effort to improve the immigration process from the island, but may also refuse visa applications for any Cuban caught illegally crossing the border. The still-incomplete …

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by Joe Shaulis

Responding to a call by Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, thousands of the leftist's supporters gathered outside the Federal Electoral Tribunal Monday night to protest the court's decision not to hold a full recount of last month's disputed election. The demonstrators obstructed …

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by Jaime Jansen

Pfc. Justin Cross told a US military panel in Baghdad Tuesday that combat stress "crushed" troop morale in Mahmudiya, the area where four soldiers and one former soldier allegedly raped a 14-year old Iraqi girl and killed the girl and her family on March 12, because the troops had a constant fear of death in the …

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by Jaime Jansen

The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Illinois, seeking to overturn the state's Act to End Atrocities and Terrorism in the Sudan. The Illinois law bars state pension funds from investing in companies or financial institutions that are connected to Sudan, as well as …

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by Jaime Jansen

Chilean Judge Jorge Zepeda asked the Santiago Court of Appeals on Monday to strip former dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity in a case involving the disappearance of Antonio Llido, a Spanish priest who was a member of a socialist group opposing Pinochet's regime. Pinochet's secret police allegedly detained Llido in 1974 and tortured …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it will not appeal a federal appeals court decision that invalidated an SEC rule regulating hedge funds, opting instead to focus on drafting new rules and staff guidance for the hedge fund industry. In June, the US Court of Appeals for the District of …

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by Holly Manges Jones

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report Monday that Israel's July 30 air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana may be part of "a pattern of violations of international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed during the course of the current hostilities" in the ongoing …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was taken to the hospital Monday for chest pains and breathing problems, which his spokesman claims are due to beatings by prison guards after his arrest Sunday in the West Bank by Israeli forces. The Israeli …

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by Holly Manges Jones

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Monday announced an overhaul of the criminal justice system in the city which was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina last year. Prosecutors from a neighboring parish in Louisiana have volunteered to help the New Orleans district attorney's office and the city has created a new system to …

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