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Legal news from Monday, January 1, 2007
by Caitlin Price

Pope Benedict XVI stressed the importance of respecting human rights as the foundation for peace in a New Year's homily at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome Monday. In his message for World Peace Day, marked by the Catholic Church on January 1 since 1968, the Pope pointed specifically to conflicts in the Middle East and the …

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by Caitlin Price

US Chief Justice John Roberts called failure to raise the pay of federal judges a "constitutional crisis" in his 2006 year-end report on the federal judiciary [PDF; report archive, 2000- ], released Monday. Making that the sole focus of his second such report since taking office, Roberts decried the growing disparity between private sector salaries and …

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by Caitlin Price

Germany took over the six-month rotating European Union presidency with the New Year on Monday, promising to put the stymied European constitution back on the regional bloc's agenda. In a statement posted on the new German EU presidency website, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "If Europe is to remain able to act, …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The unruly nature of the weekend hanging of Saddam Hussein as especially revealed by a grainy but graphic camera phone video taken at the scene prompted protest and disavowal Monday as Sunnis condemned the treatment of the ousted Iraqi president and angry American officials in Iraq sought to distance themselves from events as they actually …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Australia's new independent military prosecutor has called the treatment of Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks "abominable" in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Brigadier Lyn McDade told the Herald, "Quite frankly, I think it's wrong. I don't care what he's done or alleged to have done. I think he's entitled to a trial …

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