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Legal news from Tuesday, December 26, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

Two civil rights groups filed suit in federal court Tuesday to block enforcement of a town ordinance passed in November by the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch requiring apartment renters to show proof of US residency and penalizing landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. The ACLU of Texas, in conjunction …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The bicameral committee of US lawmakers responsible for hammering out a comprehensive immigration reform package may recommend to the new Congress beginning in January that illegal immigrants not be required to leave the country before petitioning for legal status, according to the New York Times Tuesday. The committee, led by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Ted …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak promised Tuesday to repeal Egypt's ongoing 25-year state of emergency once a new terrorism law is passed and to amend the Egyptian Constitution to formally recognize the people of Egypt as the source of sovereign power and permit parliamentary parties to nominate presidential candidates. Mubarak made similar promises …

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by Brett Murphy

The Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry announced Tuesday that the government has freed eighteen former Guantanamo Bay detainees "after meeting necessary legal conditions." A spokesperson for the ministry stated that the government will continue to try to urge repatriation of Saudis from Guantanamo Bay, but was unclear as to how many Saudis are …

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by Brett Murphy

The Russian Supreme Court Tuesday upheld a sentence of life imprisonment for Nurpashi Kulayev, the only terrorist survivor convicted in connection with the 2004 Beslan school siege. Kulayev filed the appeal in June, arguing that his conviction was "unlawful and groundless" as the prosecution failed to present evidence implicating him …

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by Joshua Pantesco

British troops supported by Iraqi forces raided a Basra prison unit early Monday morning, freeing 127 prisoners detained in squalid conditions by a rogue Basra police squad suspected of torturing its prisoners. Following the raid, UK military spokesman Maj. Charles Burbridge said the serious crimes unit of the southern section of Basra was a front …

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by Brett Murphy

The appeals chamber of the Iraqi High Tribunal has affirmed Saddam Hussein's death sentence for crimes against humanity committed in the Iraqi town of Dujail in 1982. A spokesperson for the court said Tuesday that the decision still had to be ratified by President Jalal Talabani [official website, in …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the new federal rules for smog reduction on Friday, stating that the Environmental Protection Agency "has failed to heed the restrictions on its discretion set forth in the Act." The smog standards were introduced in 2004 and required roughly 470 …

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