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Legal news from Monday, February 12, 2007
by Caitlin Price

An Idaho State Senate committee Monday passed a bill requiring written parental consent for minors to get abortions. In a 7-2 vote, the State Affairs Committee approved Senate Bill No. 1082, which amends, repeals and adds to existing law relating to abortion to revise a public records exemption; provide for criminal act state …

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by Caitlin Price

The Indiana State Senate voted 39 to 10 Monday to pass a state constitutional amendment defining marriage to be between a man and a woman. While same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state under its enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act, supporters of SJ 7 say an amendment …

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by Caitlin Price

The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would abolish the state death penalty. HB 190 proposes replacing the death penalty with life imprisonment without possibility of release or parole. Bill sponsor Rep. Gail Chasey said the death penalty fails as a crime deterrent and has …

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by James M Yoch Jr

French conservative presidential candidate and current Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had expressed support for Sarkozy's version of a European constitution, although Merkel did not confirm his claim. Sarkozy proposes adopting …

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by James M Yoch Jr

UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith on Monday decried the new rules governing US military detainee trials contained in the Manual for Military Commissions released late last month. Speaking to the Amercian Bar Association House of Delegates at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, Goldsmith reiterated his call …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell vetoed an amendment to the City Charter Monday that made English the official language of the city government. The Nashville City Council approved the amendment last week, but city attorneys advised Purcell that it violated the state and federal constitutions and could prove expensive if the city was forced to …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said Monday that he favors amending the controversial Article 301 of Turkey's penal code without eliminating the provision altogether. The article makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. Gul expanded on his previous call to change the Article, offering his …

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by Brett Murphy

The cabinet of the Somali transitional government approved a new anti-terrorism law allowing sentences of life imprisonment or execution for engaging in or funding terrorist activity, Somalia's Information Minister Madow Nunow Mohamed announced Monday. The law, which must still be approved by President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, is a reaction to recent violence that the Somali …

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by Brett Murphy

A Sudanese Foreign Ministry official said Monday that Sudan will prevent a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigation team from entering the country unless the UN agrees to replace team member Bertrand Ramcharan. As a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ramcharan has previously accused the Sudanese government of violating human …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Assets Examination Committee in Thailand, charged with investigating allegations of corruption by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his family, recommended Monday that criminal tax evasion charges be filed against Thaksin's wife, Pojaman Shinawatra, as well as her secretary and her brother, Bhanapot Damapong. The recommended tax evasion charges stem …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A German state court in Stuttgart ruled Monday that Brigitte Mohnhaupt, a second-generation member of the ultra-left German group Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, will be granted parole on March 27 after being imprisoned for 24 years. The court did not grant Mohnhaupt a pardon, but determined that she need not …

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by Katerina Ossenova

International donors urged Cambodia Monday to finally pass an anti-corruption law that has been in the works for more than a decade. US Ambassador to Cambodia Joseph Mussomeli expressed disappointment on behalf of donors such as Japan, France and the United States that Cambodia has failed to enact the long-delayed anti-corruption law. The law …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Egyptian officials on Sunday released from detention Muslim cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, the man at the heart of Italian judicial proceedings against US and Italian intelligence agents implicated in his alleged 2003 kidnapping and extraordinary rendition from Milan. Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, claims he was tortured …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Philippines government has pledged to cooperate fully with the UN rights official who arrived in the country Monday to investigate the surge of political murders. In a statement on behalf of Philippines President Gloria Arroyo, Secretary Ignacio Bunye stated that the Philippines welcomes the UN team "in the spirit of truth and …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) sentenced former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan to death by hanging Monday in connection with crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982. Three other defendants in the case were sentenced to 15 years in prison; one was acquitted. Ramadan's …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The Portuguese government plans to seek approval in the Portuguese Parliament of a proposal to make abortion legal in the country, despite low turnout in Sunday's referendum on loosening the current law. Approximately 59 percent of voters were in favor of loosening restrictions against abortion, while 41 percent voted to …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Jury selection begins Monday in the first trial of thousands of lawsuits brought by Louisiana homeowners affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster against their insurance companies. Homeowners Lawrence and Elizabeth Tomlinson are suing Allstate insurance company in federal court for bad faith, alleging that the insurance carrier did not correctly adjust their claim and …

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