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Legal news from Wednesday, December 13, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

Talks between representatives of the Nepal government and Maoist rebels have failed to result in an agreement on the terms of an interim constitution for the country but will continue later this week, according to a Maoist spokesman speaking to reporters Wednesday. Several target deadlines associated with a recently-agreed peace plan have already been missed, including a …

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by Lisl Brunner

Israel's High Court ruled on Wednesday that construction of a 1.5-mile sector of the country's security fence in northeast Jerusalem could continue, denying an appeal by residents of a Palestinian neighborhood left outside. After the court ruled in November that construction of the section was legal, work was put on hold while …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a habeas corpus petition brought by Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan, finding it was clearly barred under the controversial habeas-stripping language of the new Military Commissions Act (MCA) even though it was pending at the time the Act was passed. Agreeing with a position …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed an agreement Wednesday allowing Massachusetts state troopers to detain illegal immigrants found or located while the troopers are performing their general duties. The agreement, co-signed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary Julie Myers, provides for 30 state troopers to receive federal immigration law enforcement training under …

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by Lisl Brunner

In a special session Wednesday the UN Human Rights Council approved a resolution to send a mission to Sudan to investigate human rights abuses in Darfur. Council President Luis Alfonso de Alba announced his intent to appoint five "highly qualified persons" to undertake the mission. The rights body, established earlier this …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The UN General Assembly Wednesday adopted by acclamation a new international treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities hailed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as "the first human rights treaty to be adopted in the twenty-first century; the most rapidly negotiated human rights treaty in the history of international law; and the …

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by Lisl Brunner

The High Court of Botswana has ruled that the government's eviction of Bushmen inhabiting the Kalahari desert is "unlawful and unconstitutional." The suit was brought by 239 members of the San tribe with the aid of the First People of the Kalahari and Survival International. The so-called Bushmen, whose …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Wednesday laid out an ambitious agenda for the reshuffled Senate Judiciary Committee he will chair when the Democratic-controlled US Congress begins its new session in January. Speaking at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, Leahy, who will take over from current Republican chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), promised what he called …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Wednesday laid out an ambitious oversight agenda for the reshuffled Senate Judiciary Committee he will chair when the Democratic-controlled US Congress begins its new session in January. Speaking at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, Leahy, who will take over from current Republican chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), promised what he …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A Zimbabwe government spokesman said Wednesday that there are no plans to hand Mengistu Haile Mariam over to Ethiopian authorities after the former Ethiopian dictator was convicted of genocide Tuesday by Ethiopia's Federal Court at the conclusion of a 12-year in absentia trial. Mengistu and 72 other former officials were charged with genocide, imprisonment, homicide, …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A court in Yemen Wednesday prohibited the editor of Yemen's al-Hurriya newspaper and one of its reporters from writing for one month and also imposed a four-month suspended sentence on them for demeaning Islam by reprinting cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The journalists, who say they will appeal, claimed they had published the cartoons to show …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A Human Rights Watch study of the five-year trial of late Yugoslav ex-president Slobodan Milosevic released Wednesday has proposed making changes in future national and international war crimes trial procedures that would increase their likelihood of success. Milosevic died of a heart attack in March 2006 while still in detention, …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A panel of the UK Law Lords, the legal members of the House of Lords who constitute the UK's highest court, ruled unanimously Wednesday that British police infringed the rights of anti-war protestors traveling to a demonstration outside a Royal Air Force base near Fairford, Gloucestershire, in March 2003 by stopping their …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Wednesday convicted a Roman Catholic priest for committing genocide and extermination during the mass killings of Tutsis and moderate Hutus that swept the central African nation in 1994. Father Athanase Seromba was acquitted of less charges of complicity and incitement, but was …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Members of the Ohio Senate voted 21-12 Tuesday to override outgoing Ohio Governor Robert Taft's veto of a revised concealed-carry gun law that Taft claimed would preempt local gun-related legislation in some 80 Ohio communities. The House approved an override last week, making this the first time since 1977 that the Ohio …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Israel's Supreme Court Tuesday unanimously overturned a law barring Palestinians from claiming compensation from the Israeli state in respect of damages suffered in "conflict zones" in Gaza and the West Bank. The so-called Intifada law had been challenged by a coalition of nine human rights groups led by the Israeli-Arab rights …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling is expected to report to a minimum security federal prison in Waseca, Minnesota to begin a 24-year sentence for fraud, conspiracy and insider trading after a three-judge panel of the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled late Tuesday against his application for bail …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The US Department of Justice filed an appeal Tuesday against a November 28 ruling by US District Judge James Robertson declaring that "the Treasury Department’s failure to design and issue paper currency that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired individuals violates section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act." Section 504 provides that no …

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