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Legal news from Wednesday, August 16, 2006
by Natalie Hrubos

A British judge Wednesday night gave Scotland Yard five to seven more days to question and hold without charge 23 men currently in custody in connection with an alleged plot to bomb US planes leaving the UK for US destinations [JURIST report; BBC Q&A]. Detectives may now question 21 of the suspects until August 23 and two of …

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by Natalie Hrubos

A US federal appeals court has ruled that a non-citizen cannot sue a US corporation for discrimination that allegedly occurred while he was working outside the US. The decision by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued on Tuesday is significant because it means non-citizens employed outside the country are not protected by the …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Philippine legislators on Wednesday quashed a second impeachment complaint against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The House Committee on Justice on voted 56-24 to dismiss the impeachment complaint against Arroyo for lack of evidence, though opposition leaders say they have seven boxes of documents to support allegations that Arroyo was guilty …

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by Jaime Jansen

Russia has temporarily halted the extradition of 13 Uzbeks accused of terrorist acts in connection with last year's uprising in Andijan that resulted in the massacre of hundreds unarmed Uzbek civilians by Uzbek government troops, pending an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. The Russian …

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by Jaime Jansen

The British government will likely pardon 306 British soldiers - a number that includes 25 Canadians, 22 Irishmen, and 5 New Zealanders - who were executed for cowardice and desertion during World War I, ending a 16-year campaign mounted by families to have the deceased posthumously pardoned, UK Defense Secretary Des Browne announced Wednesday. Supported by the Royal …

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by Joshua Pantesco

UK Home Secretary John Reid told journalists on Wednesday that in response to threats of terrorism, the civil liberties of individuals must be "balanced" against the "collective right to security." Reid's comments followed his Wednesday appearance before a meeting of top European Union justice officials during which he briefed them on the UK investigation into …

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by Jaime Jansen

Patrick Chauke, chairperson of the South African Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, on Wednesday ruled out an amendment to the South African Constitution legalizing same-sex marriage. Chauke said, however, that a bill legalizing same-sex partnerships will be presented to Parliament by October, just prior to the deadline set by the South …

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by Jaime Jansen

Lu Jianhua, a Chinese sociologist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences accused of an unspecified crime involving state secrets, went on trial Wednesday at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court. Though the facts of the closed-door case were not disclosed to the public, Lu's wife Qu Ligiu told reporters that she suspects the …

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by Joshua Pantesco

British police officials and rights groups have spoken out in response to reports that the UK Department For Transport (DFT) may implement an airplane passenger profiling program to identify potential terrorists in the wake of last week's foiled terror plot to bomb US-bound passenger planes. Although DFT policy prevents it from commenting publicly on security …

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by Joshua Pantesco

US District Court Judge Sim Lake on Tuesday granted a request by a lawyer for former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay to supplant Lay's name in court records with Lay's estate. As probate law permits a legal representative of an estate to appear on behalf of the estate, the lawyer, Samuel Buffone, …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a Bible included in a monument in front of a Harris County, Texas civil courthouse promotes Christianity and thereby violates the US Constitution. The monument had a secular purpose when it was erected in 1956, but a …

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by Jaime Jansen

US Army Major General James Thurman will decide in September whether four US soldiers accused of raping and murdering a 14-year old Iraqi girl and killing three family members in Mahmudiya will face a court-martial, a US military spokesman said Wednesday. Thurman, who is the commander of the Army's 4th Infantry Division, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A federal district court judge on Tuesday ordered San Francisco Chronicle reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada to reveal the source of leaked grand jury testimony they used as background for newspaper reports and a book the two wrote about Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds and the steroid controversy involving the now-defunct BALCO corporation. A …

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by Jaime Jansen

An attorney representing Valerie Plame, the undercover operative whose revealed identity precipitated the CIA leak scandal, announced Tuesday he would use legal precedent from former President Bill Clinton's sexual harassment trial in a bid to force Vice President Dick Cheney and White House aide Karl Rove to testify in Plame's lawsuit against Cheney, Rove …

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by Jaime Jansen

An attorney representing Valerie Plame, the undercover operative whose revealed identity precipitated the CIA leak scandal, announced Tuesday he would use legal precedent from former President Bill Clinton's sexual harassment trial in a bid to force Vice President Dick Cheney and White House aide Karl Rove to testify in Plame's lawsuit against Cheney, Rove …

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by Jaime Jansen

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU) and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) on Tuesday sued the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania on behalf of 11 city residents and business owners over the city's tough new Illegal Immigration Relief Act. Last month, Hazleton voted …

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