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Legal news from Saturday, December 2, 2006
by Ryan Olden

Some 30,000 Serbs gathered in front of the US embassy in Belgrade on Saturday insisting that the United States and the United Nations are trying to kill ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party (SRS) leader and war crimes defendant Vojislav Seselj. Seselj is currently on the twenty-second day of his hunger strike; …

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by Ryan Olden

The New York Times has asked US District Judge Claude M. Hilton to dismiss a libel lawsuit brought by Dr. Stephen J. Hatfill, a former Army germ-warfare researcher who was named a "person of interest" by the FBI in its investigations of anthrax mailings shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. Hatfill sued the …

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by Ned Mulcahy

Software-dependent electronic voting machines, "are not viable for future voting systems" and "in practical terms cannot be made secure," according to a draft report prepared by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The NIST report instead strongly favored what they called software-independent …

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by Ned Mulcahy

A UN Human Rights Council commission of inquiry has recommended that Israel be made to compensate Lebanon for damages the Israeli military inflicted during the 33-day conflict in the Middle East. Specifically, the panel recommended that the Council create "a commission competent to examine individual claims" of citizens and "examine issues of …

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by Caitlin Price

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin has asked the FCC general counsel to consider whether one commissioner with a potential conflict of interest may be allowed to consider a proposed $82.2 billion merger of BellSouth and AT&T. The merger has been delayed three times as the proposal has failed to gain approval …

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by Caitlin Price

The lawsuit brought against the New Hampshire Republican State Committee for the jamming of Democratic phone lines in the 2002 Senate race has been settled, according to a statement Friday from GOP state Committee Chairman Wayne Semprini. The New Hampshire Democratic Party filed civil suit for compensation for the 800 hang-up phone calls …

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by Geoff Leung

Republicans in the US House of Representatives agreed Friday to vote on a compromise offshore drilling bill on Tuesday under special rules that limit amendments and generally speed up proceedings, but require a two-thirds majority for approval. If passed, the bill would allow oil and gas drilling in about 8.3 million acres of federal …

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by Caitlin Price

Argentinean judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral declared former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and eight other Iranian officials fugitives from justice on Friday. The nine failed to respond to arrest warrants issued in Argentina in November for their alleged roles the AMIA Jewish cultural center bombing that killed …

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by Geoff Leung

An Italian appeals court Friday denied the request of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to remove the judge presiding over his tax fraud trial. Berlusconi and co-defendant David Mills had asked that Judge Edoardo d'Avossa be removed from the current trial, citing d'Avossa's involvement with other Berlusconi trials. The Milan …

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