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Legal news from Wednesday, August 30, 2006
by Alexis Unkovic

Scotland Yard received a final one-week extension from a High Court judge in London Wednesday, permitting British police to detain and question five British Muslim men suspected in connection with an alleged terror plot to blow up US-bound planes over the Atlantic for an additional seven days before they must either charge the suspects with …

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by Alexis Unkovic

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland condemned Israel Wednesday for its "immoral" use of cluster bombs in the most recent Middle East conflict. Egeland based his criticism on UN officials' recent discovery of 359 separate sites of cluster bomblets, saying that 90% …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Marine Corps Wednesday held separate hearings preliminary to possible court-martial at Camp Pendleton, California, for two of the eight American soldiers, including seven Marines and one Navy corpsman, charged with the April 26 murder and kidnapping of an Iraqi man in the town of Hamdania. The eight men allegedly dragged the …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A district court in Tokyo Wednesday dismissed an action filed on behalf of eight Chinese women who claim they were forced to act as sex slaves, or "comfort women", for Japanese soldiers during World War II. The plaintiffs, teenagers during the war, sought both monetary compensation and an apology from the Japanese government, and their …

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by Jaime Jansen

US District Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday threw out a jury verdict holding Merck liable for $50 million in compensatory damages to a retired FBI agent who claimed Merck's painkiller Vioxx caused his heart attack. Fallon called the …

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by Jaime Jansen

A Bolivian constitutional convention championed by President Evo Morales has delayed voting on a motion that would allow the assembly to create a constitutional framework without having to answer to Congress or the judiciary. Tuesday's delay results from disputes between delegates from Morales' Movement Toward Socialism party (MAS) [party …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Santiago Court of Appeals has temporarily removed Judge Carlos Cerda from presiding over a probe into the finances of former Chile dictator Augusto Pinochet, after hearing arguments that Cerda has a "personal bias" against Pinochet. Pinochet's lawyer had argued that Cerda demonstrated his bias towards Pinochet by voting …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday found Croatian journalist Josip Jovic guilty of contempt of the Tribunal for publishing transcripts of a closed court session and revealing the identity of a witness, current Croatian President Stipe Mesic, who testified in the Tihomir Blaskic case. …

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by Jaime Jansen

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds on Tuesday ordered a last minute reprieve for death row inmate Elijah Page, calling the 1984 state lethal injection law outdated and expressing concern that state officials slated to perform the execution were at risk of violating the state statute. The South Dakota statute requires a …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A staff attorney with the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps was charged Tuesday with relaying secret national defense information to a person outside the government "with intent or reason to believe that the said information was to be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation." Lt. Cmdr. …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A lawyer involved in the CIA leak case said Tuesday that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has identified himself as the "initial and primary source" for the Robert Novak column that revealed Valerie Plame Wilson's CIA affiliation. The New York Times also learned from lawyers close to the case that Armitage learned …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a pesticide rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying that the regulation does not violate the Clean Air Act even though it may conflict with an international environmental treaty signed by the US. In December 2004, the EPA issued a rule identifying …

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