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Legal news from Thursday, January 4, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld an Indiana law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. In its ruling, the court upheld a lower court decision that the law does not put an undue burden on the right to vote …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Government officials in Myanmar have granted amnesty to nearly three thousand prisoners, releasing them early in celebration of the country's Independence Day Thursday. Some 20 political prisoners were among the 2,831 released because their "moral behaviour and spiritual values have improved," according to a report in Myanmar's state-run newspaper the New Light of Myanmar …

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by Melissa Bancroft

White House legal counsel Harriet Miers resigned from her post Thursday effective January 31. Press Secretary Tony Snow gave no specific reason for her departure except to say that she has been working at the White House for six years. In a White House press briefing he added:Harriet is a very special person …

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by Melissa Bancroft

A Chilean appeals court has dropped tax evasion charges against the widow and two children of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. In a decision Wednesday, the Santiago Court of Appeals upheld charges against Pinochet's youngest son and two of his lawyers and also dropped other charges against Pinochet's relatives for …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The government of France has said that it will recognize a citizen's legal right to housing. In a statement Wednesday, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said a draft law would implement the right in two stages, for the most needy by the end of …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted criminal background checks of adverse witnesses ahead of US Senate confirmation hearings for the late William Rehnquist in respect of his nominations as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court and later Chief Justice at the behest of two Republican administrations in the 1970s …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Two Iraqi Justice Ministry guards are now being questioned in connection with the taping and release of a camera phone video [WARNING: graphic images; JURIST report] showing the execution of Saddam Hussein, according to Iraqi lawmaker Sami al-Askeri. Iraqi officials said Wednesday that an official who supervised the execution was also arrested …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Members of the 110th Congress sworn in Thursday are preparing for votes on numerous pieces of key legislation scheduled by incoming Democratic leaders of the new US House of Representatives for their first 100 legislative hours in office beginning next Tuesday. Most notably, incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and incoming …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The executions of two Saddam Hussein co-defendants, former chief judge of Iraq's Hussein-era Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bandar and former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al Tikriti, have been postponed. The hangings were originally expected Thursday, but an official in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office said the …

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