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Legal news from Saturday, February 10, 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

A US Bureau of Prisons evaluation has concluded that alleged terrorist Jose Padilla is competent to stand trial. Previous evaluations of Padilla by a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist suggested that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his years in detention in a US naval brig …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The Canadian government of Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper will likely allow two provisions of its Anti-Terrorism Act to expire at the end of next week now that the opposition Liberal Party has withdrawn its support for the clauses. The controversial provisions include a preventive arrest clause that allows police to arrest …

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by Natalie Hrubos

US ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Douglas McElhaney has told the Nezavisne Novine daily that the US wants the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to stay open beyond the end of its scheduled trials in 2008 and appeals in 2010 until police arrest two of the tribunal's most wanted fugitives. Bosnian Serb leader Radovan …

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by Natalie Hrubos

A US Justice Department spokesman said late Friday that the federal appeals court decision giving suspected Iraq terrorist Shawqi Omar the right to argue his case before a US court will "inappropriately interfere with the executive branch's prerogative to prosecute a war." Omar, who the US describes as a close associate of …

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by Michael Sung

Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday criticized what he called the "dangerous" use of force by the United States in the face of international law in a hard-hitting speech at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy. Speaking to a forum of over 250 participants from more than …

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by Michael Sung

Former Lebanese president Amin Gemayel has urged the Lebanese National Assembly to ratify a UN-approved agreement that would create an international tribunal to try suspects accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The controversial agreement, supported by Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora [BBC …

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by Michael Sung

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Friday upheld a 2004 ruling that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had jurisdiction over tribunal businesses including casinos, placing the tribes under the National Labor Relations Act, which bars unfair labor practices and gives workers the right to organize …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled in California Friday that the state's Proposition 83 could not be applied retroactively to sex offenders released before its approval because there was nothing in the measure that indicated that intent. The measure prohibits registered sex offenders from "residing within 2,000 feet of …

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