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Legal news from Thursday, December 21, 2006
by Caitlin Price

Advocacy groups must be allowed to run issue ads in the two-month period immediately prior to elections, a three-judge panel from the US District Court for the District of Columbia held Thursday. The ruling was based on the US Supreme Court's January remand of Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission [opinion, PDF; Duke Law case …

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by Caitlin Price

Former Tyco executive Richard "Skip" Heger reached a $450,000 settlement on financial reporting and record-keeping charges, the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday. The charges are connected to a fraud case in which Tyco agreed to pay a $50 million civil penalty and a $1 disgorgement fee for fraudulent …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Marines Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich was charged Thursday with 13 counts of murder in connection with the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November, according to Wuterich's lawyer. Officials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton are expected to announce charges against several other military personnel later Thursday. Wuterich, commander of the platoon …

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by Caitlin Price

The Zambian government will hold a national referendum on its proposed new constitution, Justice Minister George Kunda said Thursday. Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has to date voiced objections to the draft constitution proposed by the Constitution Review Process Implementation Committee, but has now agreed to put the draft to a national vote by issuing …

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by Jeannie Shawl

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed into law Thursday legislation providing legal recognition to same-sex civil unions. The New Jersey Legislature passed the civil unions bill last week in response to an October New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples must be given equal rights. The court said the …

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by Jaime Jansen

Sandy Berger, President Clinton's National Security Adviser from 1997 to 2001, hid classified documents from the National Archives under a construction trailer while preparing himself, Clinton administration witnesses and documents for testimony before the 9/11 Commission, according to a report released Wednesday. Berger later unsuccessfully tried to retrieve documents he discarded from a garbage …

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by Jaime Jansen

The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a case challenging California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, after California Attorney General Bill Lockyer requested that the Court review an intermediate appellate court's decision to uphold the same-sex marriage ban. In the appeals court, Lockyer argued that …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday approved new rules to prevent local governments from blocking the entrance of companies in the cable television market, highlighting a sharp partisan divide in the five-person panel. The new rules will require local cable franchising authorities to make decisions on applications from new competitors within six months, …

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by Jaime Jansen

Former US Attorney General and Saddam Hussein defense lawyer Ramsey Clark on Wednesday urged President Bush to keep Hussein and his Dujail trial co-defendants in US custody, expressing concern that Iraqi officials will torture the convicted defendants. Hussein and two of his co-defendants, Awad Hamed al-Bandar and Barzan al-Tikriti, were …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Spain's High Court ruled Wednesday that it does not have jurisdiction to try former Argentinean naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo for crimes committed during Argentina's "dirty war". Cavallo has been in Spanish custody since 2003 and early this year was charged with genocide, organized terrorism and crimes against humanity. The charges carried a …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Indonesian Supreme Court overturned the conviction of militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir Thursday, saying only that the decision was based on the testimony of some 30 witnesses. A written decision has not yet been released. Bashir was convicted on conspiracy charges in early 2005 in connection to the 2002 Bali bombings but …

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