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Legal news from Wednesday, January 31, 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

The European Union has agreed to adopt a "measured, step-by-step approach" to achieving a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty, according to German Minister of State Gunter Gloser, addressing the European Parliament on Wednesday. The EU adopted an advocacy stance on the issue in 1998 after the signing of the Guidelines to EU policy towards …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Venezuelan legislature unanimously approved a bill Wednesday granting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez authority to enact laws by presidential decree without legislative approval for the next 18 months. The same measure received initial approval by the Venezuelan National Assembly last week. Since winning his third re-election last December, Chavez has called …

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by Joshua Pantesco

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday that the Justice Department will turn over to the Senate Judiciary Committee the text of an order, granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), authorizing government surveillance of transmissions coming into or going outside of the country where one party was suspected of association with a terrorist …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A three-year delay can be expected before former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre is brought to trial, Senegal Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio said Tuesday following an African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia. The delay is necessary for Senegal to establish the legal procedures required to try Habre, and to secure funding for what is …

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by Natalie Hrubos

South Dakota lawmakers introduced a new abortion bill Wednesday that would ban the practice except in cases of rape, incest and serious risk to a woman's health. The state legislature passed a law banning most abortions in the state last year, but voters rejected the ban at the polls in November. The law …

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by Joshua Pantesco

New war crimes charges will be filed against Guantanamo Bay detainees beginning as early as Friday, chief prosecutor Col. Moe Davis (USAF) said Tuesday. Davis said, however, that charges are only expected to be filed against a few of the 10 detainees who were scheduled for trial before the Supreme Court ruled in …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Turkey may legally require a political party to win at least 10 percent of the national vote in parliamentary elections in order to win seats in the country's National Assembly, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday. Two Turkish politicians, both ethnic Kurds, had challenged the 10 percent requirement as a violation of Article 3 of …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Somali transitional government on Tuesday began imposing martial law over areas under the government's control, two weeks after martial law was approved by parliament. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi made the announcement late Tuesday after a meeting of African leaders decided against sending an additional 4,000 peacekeeping troops to Somalia. Neighboring Ethiopia has withdrawn …

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by Jeannie Shawl

JURIST has experienced a major failure of its publishing software due to circumstances beyond our control. We've suspended publication while we sort this out. Some services, webpages and feeds may be unavailable or garbled while we work to we fix them.We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have everything back to normal soon. …

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by Brett Murphy

Former Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon was convicted by an Israeli court on Wednesday on charges of sexual misconduct for forcibly kissing an 18-year-old female soldier. The conviction could result in a jail term of up to three years. Ramon resigned from his position as Justice Minister in August after the Israeli attorney general decided …

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by Brett Murphy

Germany issued arrest warrants for 13 people allegedly involved with the CIA kidnapping of German citizen Khaled el-Masri, German Prosecutor Christian Schmidt-Sommerfeld said Wednesday. Schmidt-Sommerfeld did not name any of the suspects, however, but told AP that "the personal details contained in the arrest warrants are, according to our current knowledge, aliases of CIA agents." Schmidt-Sommerfeld …

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by Brett Murphy

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller testified on Tuesday in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby concerning conversations Libby had with Miller, during which he allegedly told her about this frustration with the CIA and revealed to her the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Wilson. On cross-examination, defense …

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