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Legal news from Saturday, September 2, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

A US Army investigator has recommended that four US soldiers face the death penalty if they are convicted on charges of murdering Iraqi detainees according to the Associated Press, which obtained a copy of the report Saturday. Lt. Col. James P. Daniel Jr. concluded that several aggravating factors contributed to the capital punishment recommendation. During an Article …

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by Joshua Pantesco

EU Justice and Migration Commissioner Franco Frattini has told a Spanish newspaper that Spain contributed to a recent spate of illegal immigration between Africa and Europe by a three-month amnesty program for illegals that it launched in February 2005. Frattini said the country's loose approach to illegal immigration has spurred a four-fold increase in the …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US military on Saturday formally relinquished control of the Abu Ghraib prison to the Iraqi government, according to an Iraqi spokesperson, after it was emptied of US detainees last week. The spokesperson said the government has not decided how it will use the prison in the future. Historically, Abu Ghraib was used by …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A federal judge on Friday issued an order directing Ohio voters to ignore threats of criminal penalties on voter registration forms and instructions, saying that new state registration rules which took effect in May after the February passage of the controversial HB 3 election reform bill by the Republican-dominated Ohio Legislature may violate the First Amendment …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Friday appointed three experts to investigate alleged international law violations by Israel in the ongoing Middle East conflict. The three-person panel was mandated by a resolution, adopted by the HRC earlier in August that also rebuked Israel called for an immediate end to …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Arguing that the NSA domestic surveillance program is a necessary weapon in the war on terror, the US Department of Justice Friday filed a motion in federal court asking the court to delay enforcement of an order requiring the NSA to immediately cease using warrantless wiretaps to monitor domestic phone conversations. In August US District Judge …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Incumbent Mexican president Vicente Fox was blocked from delivering the traditional state-of the nation address (known in Spanish as "El Informe") before the Mexican Congress Friday evening by protesting leftist lawmakers supporting presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his calls for an "alternative" government to oppose Felipe Calderon …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania on Friday agreed to delay for 20 days enforcement of a tough new local law against illegal immigration while it rewrites the ordinance in an effort to bolster it against legal challenges. The law was challenged last month by the American Civil Liberties Union …

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