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Legal news from Wednesday, August 9, 2006
by Joe Shaulis

A bill that would require asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat to be processed in offshore camps is expected to be approved by the country's House of Representatives Thursday, despite opposition from within the governing Liberal Party. Prime Minister John Howard contends that the restrictions on immigration [JURIST news …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will implement new rules to improve the performance of federal immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the governmental agency charged with adjudicating immigration cases, will be …

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by Joshua Pantesco

UK Labour Party MP Jim Sheridan resigned Wednesday from his government position as Parliamentary Private Secretary of the Defense Team, citing the Blair administration's reluctance to demand an immediate end to the ongoing Middle East conflict and suggesting that the government's decision to allow US military flights transporting weapons to Israel to …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Two hundred Mexican judges on Wednesday began a partial recount of ballots cast in the disputed July 2 presidential elections as supporters of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador continued to stage protests in Mexico City. The Federal Electoral Tribunal on Saturday decided not …

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by Jaime Jansen

New service regulations will allow US Coast Guard members to wear religious head coverings under their uniform head covers, according to Coast Guard officials quoted by AP Wednesday. The new regulations have already taken effect verbally, but must still be formally adopted. The Coast Guard, which falls under the domain of the US Department …

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by Jaime Jansen

An Italian court in Rome will consider whether to try US Army Specialist Mario Lozano this November in connection with the death of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari at an Iraqi checkpoint in March 2005, according to a court source Wednesday. Italian prosecutors requested an indictment in June after investigators concluded their probe …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Ethiopia on Tuesday submitted its ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to the UN Secretary-General. The CTBT bans any nuclear explosion, for testing purposes or otherwise, and was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996. Thirty-four of the 44 signatories possessing nuclear research and power capabilities at …

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by Jaime Jansen

Human Rights Watch denounced Iran on Wednesday for threatening to prosecute the Iranian Center for Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), a human rights group based in Tehran founded by 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. Last week, the Iranian Interior Ministry banned the group, calling it illegal because it did not …

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by Joshua Pantesco

San Diego city officials and management broke federal securities laws by failing to fulfill their fiduciary duties in administering the city's pension fund for police officers, firefighters, and other public officials, according to an independent audit presented to City Council [recorded video of Council session} on Tuesday. The Final Report of the investigation, led by former …

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by Jaime Jansen

The UN Human Rights Council announced Wednesday that it will hold an emergency session on Friday to discuss the ongoing Middle East conflict and its worsening impact on Lebanese citizens. Responding to a special request from Tunisia on behalf of the UN Group of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference [advocacy …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US military has arrested four Iraqi members of an insurgent kidnapping cell [MNF-Iraq news report] in connection with the kidnapping of Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll. Carroll was working in Iraq when she was kidnapped on January 7 and released on March 30 of this year. A US official …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Serbian government has called for the prosecution of Bosnian military officer Atif Dudakovic after a Serbian television station broadcast a video Tuesday that allegedly shows Dudakovic ordering his troops to burn a Serb village in 1995. The Dudakovic video follows last week's broadcast of a video that allegedly shows the unprovoked murder of a Serb civilian. The …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Jakarta Court of Appeal has ruled that Indonesian Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh was correct to drop a corruption case against former President Suharto, citing Suharto's inability to speak or write due to permanent brain damage. Saleh appealed a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed by several human rights groups [JURIST …

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by Jaime Jansen

Captain Alex Pickands, a US military lawyer prosecuting four US Army soldiers for the March 12 rape of a 14-year old Iraqi girl and the murder of the girl and her family in Mahmudiya, told a military panel in Baghdad during closing arguments on Tuesday that combat stress had nothing to do with the …

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by Jaime Jansen

US District Judge Vaughn Walker of the Northern District of California on Tuesday temporarily stayed a class action lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against AT&T, pending the appeal of his earlier decision allowing the case to move forward. The EFF lawsuit alleges that AT&T violated citizens' …

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by Jaime Jansen

The American Bar Association approved a resolution Tuesday condemning President Bush for his "misuse" of bill signing statements to bypass particular provisions of a bill that the president considers unconstitutional or a risk to national security. Last month, an ABA task force released a report with recommendations on …

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by Jaime Jansen

Proposed amendments drafted by the Bush administration to revise the War Crimes Act would protect CIA officers, former military personnel and political appointees from prosecution for humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime detainees, according to a report in Wednesday's Washington Post. The 1996 War Crimes Act makes it a felony to violate the Geneva Conventions, including …

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