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Legal news from Sunday, October 22, 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

Conservative radio commentator Armstrong Williams has agreed to pay the US Department of Education $34,000 after a year-long investigation of the commentator's agreement to endorse President Bush's education policies, a Department spokesperson confirmed Sunday. Williams has admitted no wrongdoing, but the Justice Department determined that Williams was overpaid for his contracted work. …

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by Caitlin Price

An Israeli Cabinet official admitted for the first time Sunday that Israel employed phosphorous bombs against Hezbollah guerillas during this summer's conflict in Lebanon. Israeli Cabinet Minister Jacob Edery confirmed that the weapons were used during combat and not just for target marking, as had previously been asserted. The use of incendiary …

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by Michael Sung

Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said Sunday that a decision to lift martial law in Thailand must be made prudently and in close consultation with security officials, given continuing efforts in some quarters to undermine the new government that took power after a military coup on September 19. Chulanont promised …

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by Robert DeVries

Britain's top judge has said that disregarding human rights will only breed resentment among immigrants to the UK and fuel support for terrorist efforts. In an address delivered late last week at the University of Hertfordshire, Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips endorsed the increasingly-controversial Human Rights Act, and stressed that the …

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by Michael Sung

Israel's Supreme Court has demanded that Israeli President Moshe Katsav explain within a week why he has not resigned or suspended his functions while facing a possible indictment for rape, sexual harassment, wire-tapping, and other charges, according to Israeli media reports Sunday. The court also urged Israeli Attorney General Menahem Mazuz …

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by Michael Sung

California state corrections officials say that an emergency proclamation by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger aimed at relieving prison overcrowding by transferring prisoners to out-of-state facilities is set for implementation next month. The program, intending to reduce the overcrowding of 172,000 inmates in facilities designed for about 100,000, is intended to relieve the California Department of …

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