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Legal news from Wednesday, October 4, 2006
by Robert DeVries

Indian police held the alleged "main brain" behind the 2005 Mumbai train bombings in custody Wednesday after he was captured in the Indian city of Belgaum in Karnataka state. Asif Khan Bashir Khan - alias Junaid - is the sixteenth suspect arrested in connection with the July 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 200 …

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by Jonathan Rhein

The Federal Election Commission, has voted to change the way recounts are funded, making them subject to federal election fundraising limits rather than being exempt from those as they have been for nearly 30 years. The new advisory opinion adopted 4-2 comes 5 weeks before the November 7 mid-term elections, in a year …

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by Robert DeVries

Former Hewlett-Packard chairman Patricia Dunn and four others were charged in California Wednesday with criminal offenses related to a corporate spy scandal that has shaken Silicon Valley. Along with Dunn, former HP ethics director Kevin Hunsaker and private investigators Ronald DeLia, …

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by Jonathan Rhein

The US Attorney's office in Washington, DC has sent a letter to US House of Representatives counsel Geraldine Gennett asking her to save records from the office of former Congressman Mark Foley, who resigned last week at the outset of an e-mail sex scandal involving congressional pages. A US Department of Justice (DOJ) official …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the US government can continue to operate its domestic surveillance program pending appeal of US District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's August 17 ruling that the government's program is unconstitutional. Taylor originally …

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by Alexis Unkovic

As the United States and European Union continue to negotiate a new joint airline passenger data-sharing agreement, US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff reportedly reassured EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini via telephone Tuesday that the US will continue to abide by the now-lapsed 2004 agreement until …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Supreme Court of Missouri heard oral arguments Wednesday in two appeals challenging the September 14 ruling that a state law requiring voters to show a Missouri-issued photo identification at the polls [Missouri Dept. of Revenue backgrounder] violates the state constitution. The judges discussed whether the requirement …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Salvador and Mabel Mangano pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 35 charges of negligent homicide and 64 charges of cruelty to the infirm for their alleged refusal in August 2005 to evacuate the residents of St. Rita's Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish after a mandatory evacuation order was issued in response to Hurricane Katrina. Thirty-five residents …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Officials from the European Union and the US are adamant that references in the newly approved Serbian constitution declaring Kosovo part of Serbia will not impact ongoing United Nations discussions over the region's future status. Although still technically a province of the former Yugoslav state, Kosovo has been under …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday criticized the decision of the UN Human Rights Council to close access to its examination of last year's uprising in Andijan that resulted in the massacre of unarmed Uzbek civilians. HRW released a briefing paper that discusses the failure …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US officials have expressed concerns over "restrictions on civil liberties" in Thailand and elements in the 39-article interim constitution "that appear to give the military an ongoing and influential role in decision-making." A US spokesman on Tuesday also warned the military junta, which seized control of the government last month, that it should …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US District Judge Paul Gadola ruled Tuesday that two former executives of Kmart will stand trial for allegedly misleading investors about the retailer's finances before it filed for bankruptcy four years ago. Former Chief Executive Officer Charles Conaway and former Chief Financial Officer John McDonald had asked the court to dismiss the civil complaint [PDF …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Tuesday excluded from union eligibility workers who "assign others to a location, shift or significant tasks" in a case involving 12 charge nurses in a Minnesota hospital. In its decision, a three-member NLRB panel interpreted the definition of the terms "assign," "responsibility to direct," and "independent …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Investigators with the European Commission in Brussels have collected enough evidence to prosecute computer chip maker Intel on antitrust charges, the New York Times reported Wednesday. If arguments before an internal "devil's advocate" panel proceed as expected, prosecutors plan to ask that European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes issue a list of charges …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A US soldier who deserted to Canada in 2005 rather than continue fighting in what he calls an "illegal" Iraq war turned himself in Tuesday near Fort Knox, Kentucky. Spc. Darrell Anderson, 24, received a Purple Heart for combat with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq in 2004 before choosing to flee to Canada rather …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) defended their voter registration practices Tuesday after a report surfaced Monday alleging that ACORN engages in fraudulent voter registration practices. The AP report noted that 3,000 ACORN-submitted voter cards in Philadelphia were invalid due to missing or inaccurate information, and that ACORN was blamed …

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