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Legal news from Saturday, September 30, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official website], speaking with reporters [transcript] Friday after meeting with US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other American officials about the case of Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive], said it is unlikely that Hicks will face trial this year. The US [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate early Saturday morning unanimously ratified [US Embassy London press release] the US-UK Extradition Treaty [PDF text; State Department backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that was negotiated in 2003 and statutorily incorporated into UK law [Extradition Act text] the same year. Earlier this year it was controversially used [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website; JURIST news archive] Carla Del Ponte [official profile] challenged the European Union Friday to fund the war crimes court if UN monies runs dry before the ICTY is able to bring to trial the two most-wanted [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives passed a property rights bill Friday night that its proponents say will provide easier access to federal courts for landowners seeking to challenge governmental actions under the Takings Clause [text] of the Fifth Amendment. The Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006 [HR 4772 [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 [HR 6061 text, PDF] Friday by a vote of 80-19 [roll call], authorizing the construction of a 700-mile fence along the US-Mexico border [JURIST news archive]. President Bush is expected to sign the measure, designed to curb [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers from several of the top US wireless telephone providers testified [recorded video] Friday at a hearing [agenda] before the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee [official website] that they would support legislation to ban pretexting [FTC backgrounder], the practice whereby an individual [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Congress sent its final version of the military commissions bill [JURIST news archive] to President Bush late Friday after the House voted 250-170 [roll call] to approve the Senate's version of the legislation [text, PDF]. The House of Representatives [official website] had approved [JURIST report] its own [read more]

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