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Legal news from Thursday, November 30, 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

The US Federal Election Commission is asking for public approval of new proposed policies, one of which would reduce penalties for politicians and contributors who voluntarily report their own potential violations of campaign finance laws. The draft proposal for sua sponte submissions has two separate recommendations for penalties:The first recommendation is to reduce …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Authorities in India have charged 30 people for their connections to the July 11 Mumbai train bombings which left 185 dead and approximately 700 injured. The suspects, mostly Muslims, include 15 Pakistanis and 17 Indians. Only 13 of the suspects, all Indian, were present in court, while the others were charged in absentia. …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has denied reports that it has shut down operations due to lack of funding, with a spokesperson telling the Voice of America Thursday that a suspension of field research was previously scheduled. Though TRC spokeswoman Juliane Westphal acknowledged that lack of adequate funding is …

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by Jeannie Shawl

An appeals chamber at the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia Thursday sentenced a former Bosnian Serb Army general to life imprisonment for leading troops in attacks against civilians during the 1992-1994 siege of Sarajevo. Stanislav Galic was convicted in 2003 on five crimes …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The UN Human Rights Council agreed Thursday to hold a special session to look into human rights abuses committed in the Darfur region of Sudan. The rights body, established earlier this year to replace the beleaguered Human Rights Commission, has so far focused mostly on the conflict in the Middle East, holding …

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by Jaime Jansen

Serb nationalist war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj, who has been on hunger strike for close to three weeks, has forbidden staff of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to force feed him, provide medical treatment or resuscitate him should it become necessary, the tribunal said Thursday. Seselj, …

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by David Shucosky

The Entertainment Software Association, the trade group representing video game companies, won two more legal battles this week against laws aimed at restricting the sale of violent games to minors. On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the 2005 ruling that the "Safe Games Illinois Act" was unconstitutional. The appeals …

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by Jaime Jansen

A Kentucky judge on Wednesday ordered the state to hold public hearings on its lethal injection protocol, which the state changed two years ago after two death row inmates challenged it as a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Though the Kentucky Supreme Court last week upheld lethal injection as the state's method of execution …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina must arrest former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic, both wanted on war crimes charges, in order to be further integrated into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), US officials said Wednesday. The US State Department comments came …

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by Jaime Jansen

Saddam Hussein on Thursday rejected forensic evidence of mass graves presented by US experts in his genocide trial for the "Anfal" campaigns against ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq between 1987 and 1988. Hussein said that pictures of the graves are "irrelevant to the Anfal case" and that he "refute all the …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The European Union may face a legal challenge from the US over plans to extend the EU's greenhouse gas emission allowance trading program to cover all international flights to and from Europe. The European Union's Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), based on European Commission Directive 2003/87/EC, began in October 2005 as the largest …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The UK High Court ruled Thursday that two British citizens charged with terrorism offenses can be extradited to the US to face terrorism charges. Haroon Rashid Aswat, wanted in the US on suspicion of setting up a terrorist training camp, and Babar Ahmad, wanted for conspiring to kill …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Chinese authorities have executed the founder of a Chinese Christian church and two of his close associates for allegedly ordering the murders of several members of a rival religious sect, a lawyer for Xu Shuangfu said Wednesday. The death penalty apparently imposed last week on the former head of the Three Grades of Servants Church …

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by Holly Manges Jones

South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Thursday approved the country's Civil Unions Bill, making South Africa the first African nation to recognize same-sex unions. Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the measure into law on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki who is at a conference in Nigeria. Both houses of the …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A Mexican appeals court ruled Wednesday that a genocide trial against former Mexican President Luis Echeverria may proceed as long as prosecutors file formal charges against him before Friday, when the 30-year statute of limitations ends. The court effectively reversed previous rulings that the statute of limitations had already expired because Echeverria …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The population of individuals in US prisons rose by 2.7 percent in 2005, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. The report indicates that over 7 million people were either in jail, on probation, or on parole by the end of last year, …

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