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Legal news from Tuesday, October 31, 2006
by Ned Mulcahy

US officials plan to request that convicted sex offender Malcolm Watson serve his three-year probation in New York instead of Canada. According to Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark, the request is motivated by complaints from Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant. Although Watson was sentenced by a New York court last …

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by Ned Mulcahy

An attorney for US Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) argued before the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday that the leaking of an illegally-obtained phone call to the news media should be protected by the First Amendment. In March, a three-judge panel of the court ruled against McDermott for releasing the tape of a phone …

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by Robert DeVries

Canada faces a lawsuit from conservationist group Friends of the Earth for failing to meet its emissions goals under the Kyoto Protocol, which government officials have deemed to be untenable. The group presented a legal opinion to Canadian Environment Minister Rona Ambrose on Tuesday stating that according to a recent government report …

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by Robert DeVries

The nephew of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was sentenced to a year in prison by a military tribunal Tuesday for his comments implicating the military in the assassination of his uncle over 25 years ago. Talat Al-Sadat, a politician from the small Al-Ahrar opposition party, has protested the trial, as …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The retrial of five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor accused of infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus was adjourned Tuesday after resuming for only one day since a five week postponement caused by the illness of leading defense lawyer Othmane Bizanti. Bizanti returned to court Tuesday …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Philip Morris USA v. Williams, 05-1256, a case challenging the punitive damages awarded in a wrongful death action against Philip Morris USA brought by the relatives of a longtime smoker. Earlier this year, the Oregon …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his government has no plans to abolish Article 301 of the country's penal code, despite warnings from the European Union that it infringes upon the freedom of expression. Turkey already revised portions of its penal code last year, …

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by Brett Murphy

Leading US auto supplier Delphi has settled civil fraud charges brought against it by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the SEC announced Monday. The SEC complaint alleged that "between 2000 and 2004, Delphi engaged in multiple schemes that resulted in Delphi materially misstating its financial condition and operating results …

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by Brett Murphy

Russian human rights activists held vigil in Lubyanka Square, former KBG headquarters and current location of the Federal Security Service, in Moscow on Monday to commemorate victims of political persecution during the Soviet Era and to protest current prosecution of Russians on political grounds. International human rights group Memorial told Interfax on Sunday that there are currently …

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by Brett Murphy

US Customs and Border Patrol agents arrested significantly fewer illegal immigrants attempting to cross US borders in fiscal year 2006 than in the previous year, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported Monday. According to the DHS report, "CBP Border Patrol agents improved border security, reducing the number of apprehensions at the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The early release of Tommy Suharto from prison Monday by court order under the Indonesian government's holiday remission program has prompted criticism that the Indonesian justice system continues to be easily manipulated by those with money and power. Suharto, whose full name is Hutomo Mandala Putra, is the son of former President Haji Mohammad Suharto …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson will plead guilty in connection with the April 26 death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania, Jackson's lawyer said Monday. Jackson faces court-martial on charges of murder, conspiracy, housebreaking, larceny and kidnapping, but his lawyer said that Jackson has agreed to …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council sitting in London Monday upheld the sex abuse convictions of six men for committing rapes and sexual assaults against women and underage girls on the British possession of Pitcairn Island over a period of more than 30 years. The men, including the island's mayor, …

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by Jeannie Shawl

China's National People's Congress voted Tuesday to amend the Organic Law on the People's Courts so that only the Supreme People's Court has the authority to approve the death penalty. The high court's president first hinted at death penalty reform last year and later the court said it would begin reviewing …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Advocacy groups filed a second lawsuit Monday against the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania in an attempt to block the community's anti-immigration laws that will make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to reside or work in the town. The city's Illegal Immigration Relief Act and Landlord Tenant Ordinance, set to take effect Wednesday …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A federal jury Monday returned a $48 million verdict against Amerigroup and its Illinois affiliate for discriminating against pregnant women by intentionally not reaching out to them while marketing its insurance services in Illinois. The lawsuit was based on allegations made by whistleblower Cleveland Tyson, who was fired from the company in 2002 and will also receive …

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