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Legal news from Thursday, November 2, 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

US District Judge Reggie Walton ruled Thursday against allowing the testimony of memory experts in the CIA leak trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Libby, charged last year with perjury and obstruction of justice, blames faulty memory for the …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Marshals Service captured over 10,000 fugitives last week, the largest number apprehended in a single enforcement effort in US history, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Thursday. During the press conference, Gonzales said that the nationwide sweep, entitled Operation FALCON III, "has broken all US Marshals records for the number of …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Thursday accused the British government of encouraging torture in a new report. HRW slammed the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair for attempting to lead evidence gained through torture in court cases; for trying to deport terrorist suspects to countries known for torture; and for failing to …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The German Federal Court of Justice ruled Thursday that because the country was not directly involved in the 1999 NATO bombings that killed 10 Serbs and injured 30, it is not obligated to compensate victims. The 35 Serbs who brought the case against Germany, a member of NATO …

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by Brett Murphy

The Center for Digital Democracy and the US Public Interest Research Group have filed a 50-page complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking it to look into allegedly "deceptive and unfair" advertising practices of Internet companies, including web giants Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo!. The consumer advocacy groups …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Former Computer Associates CEO Sanjay Kumar received a 12-year prison sentence and an $8 million fine Thursday after pleading guilty in April to charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice for his role in the company's revenue-swapping of $2.2 billion with another company in 1999 and 2000. Though Kumar could …

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by Jaime Jansen

Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has refused to meet with Australian consular officials in order to avoid punishment by US guards, his lawyer has told an Australian Senate panel. The lawyer said that Hicks believes he has been punished after previously complaining about his treatment at the US prison camp, but the Australian Department of …

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by Jaime Jansen

Ohio absentee voters must continue to show proof of ID when applying for an absentee ballot, but absentee ballots already obtained without ID will still be counted after a settlement was reached Wednesday between the state and groups opposed to Ohio's voter ID law. The settlement, reached in a federal lawsuit challenging …

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by Jaime Jansen

UK Information Commissioner Richard Thomas on Thursday warned that Britain is becoming a "surveillance society", where the daily lives of citizens are increasingly monitored and privacy is being gradually - if often imperceptibly - eroded. He said governmental, commercial and even private surveillance activities, however ostensibly benign, may have serious social side-effects:nseen, uncontrolled or excessive …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The retrial of two British National Party (BNP) officials on charges of inciting racial hatred began Wednesday in the UK, with hundreds of supporters protesting outside the Leeds Crown Court. BNP leader Nick Griffin and senior aide Mark Collett face two race hate charges based on speeches in West Yorkshire in 2004, taped …

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by Jaime Jansen

Thai interim Prime Minister Chulanont Surayud Thursday promised to investigate allegations of human rights violations by the government of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Speaking to Muslim leaders in the southern Pattani province, Surayud apologized for the former government's crackdown on an Islamic insurgency in the country's southern region and said the government …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The United States is violating its universal human rights obligations by its failure to protect millions of illegal immigrant workers from exploitation and discrimination in the workplace, according to a petition filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Wednesday. The petition was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has refused to rule on whether the European Constitution conforms with the German Constitution until a final decision on its ratification has been made. The German parliament ratified the document last year, but German President Horst Koehler refused to approve the ratification until the court …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Lawyers representing detainees held in the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay Wednesday petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to declare a portion of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) unconstitutional. A key provision in the act, which was …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez retired from the military Wednesday saying he was "forced" to leave because of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal which occurred during his tenure as the commander of all US forces in Iraq. In an interview with the McAllen, Texas Monitor, Sanchez, who served in the Army …

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