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Legal news from Saturday, October 7, 2006
by Ned Mulcahy

The head of the justice committee that reviews draft legislation in Turkey's parliament warned in an interview published in a Turkish newspaper Saturday that if France attempts to make it a crime to deny that the Ottoman Empire's treatment of the Armenians in 1915-18 was genocide, Turkey could pass a …

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by Ned Mulcahy

Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be one of three justices on a panel hearing cases next week for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Under federal law [28 US Code § 294], current or former federal judges can decide cases for any equal or …

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by Caitlin Price

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told US President George W. Bush in a telephone conversation Friday that Canada was filing an official protest regarding the US treatment of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen detained by US authorities on a 2002 stopover at JFK airport in New York and sent to Syria, where he was …

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by Leslie Schulman

New Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Arthur Hunter on Friday released four inmates from jail who he claims were being held in violation of their constitutional right to adequate legal representation after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Hunter postponed the trials until effective counsel can be provided to the inmates, charged with three misdemeanor …

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by Geoff Leung

Defense attorneys for Jose Padilla, now formally accused of being an al Qaeda agent, moved this week to dismiss the charges against him based on allegedly illegal actions by the prosecution. Padilla's attorneys accuse the US government of subjecting him to severe physical abuse and threats, including sleep deprivation and stress positions, during his 3-and-a-half years …

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by Leslie Schulman

Sudan Ambassador to the UN Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem on Friday disputed the latest report from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the UN Security Council on ongoing violations of human rights in country's Darfur region, claiming that many of the alleged violations were "fabricated" by partial non-governmental organizations. Annan’s report, submitted …

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by Geoff Leung

Ex-Enron vice-president Paula Rieker was sentenced Friday to 2 years probation for insider trading, avoiding up to ten years' imprisonment. Judge Melinda Harmon of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas reduced Rieker's sentence in exchange for her cooperation with investigators in the prosecutions of Enron founder Kenneth Lay …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Government Accountability Office says that erroneous terror watch lists are delaying thousands of travelers moving in and through the United States. A GAO report on the lists published last Friday noted:Although the total number of misidentifications that have occurred as a result of watch-list-related screening conducted by all frontline-screening …

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