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Legal news from Monday, February 26, 2007
by Joe Shaulis

The governors of five western US states signed an agreement Monday to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, a cause of global warming. During the winter meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA), the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington signed a memorandum of understanding …

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by Caitlin Price

Two high-ranking Kurdish politicians were each sentenced to a year and a half in prison Monday by a Turkish court for distributing Kurdish-language party materials praising imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Ahmet Turk and Aysel Tugluk, president and vice-president of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), received one year sentences for distributing materials written …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Scott v. Harris, 05-1631, where the court must decide whether a police officer violated a fleeing suspect's constitutional rights by using deadly force when he bumped his police car into the suspect's car to end a …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Bosnian BiH presidency member Haris Silajdzic on Monday called for an amendment to the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) constitution that would end the country's division into ethnic mini-states and create a unified nation. Silajdzic's proposal was a reaction to Monday's International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and Montenegro …

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by James M Yoch Jr

US District Judge Benson Legg Monday suspended a requirement that the Maryland Attorney General submit proposals for using medical professionals to conduct lethal injections until such time as the controversy over the status of the state's capital punishment is resolved. Maryland death row inmate Vernon Evans, Jr. had initially challenged …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Monday filed an appeal of his four-year prison sentence on charges of inciting sedition, insulting Islam, harming national unity and insulting the president in remarks he posted on his Internet blog that attacked conservative Muslims. A court in Alexandria handed down the sentence Thursday for …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in four cases. The two consolidated cases, Washington State Grange v. Washington Republican Party (06-713) and State of Washington v. Washington Republican Party (06-730) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] on appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit consider …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Iraq's cabinet approved a draft oil law Monday outlining the development and distribution of Iraqi oil and giving the national government control over oil revenues, according to a senior Iraqi oil official. The proposed law now moves to the Iraqi National Assembly for revisions and ratification. Iraqi legislators delivered the draft law [JURIST …

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by Katerina Ossenova

US District Judge Reggie B. Walton dismissed a juror Monday morning in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby after questioning the jury over possible exposure to information about the trial over the weekend. Although Walton had ordered jurors to avoid contact with media coverage about the CIA leak case [JURIST …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Israeli Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann expressed support Sunday for restricting the ability of the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn laws passed by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, and granting the Knesset authority to revise laws overturned by the court. Friedmann made his comments during a meeting of the ministerial committee for …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, kickstarted his fifth bid to become president Sunday with an announcement of plans to reintroduce the death penalty just days after the French parliament voted to amend the French Constitution to include an explicit ban. In a special joint …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rendered its judgment Monday in the long-anticipated case of Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and Montenegro, finding that although the Serbian government was not directly responsible for genocide during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, the country failed to meet its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Canada Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said Sunday that Canada may adopt a British special counsel model to preserve the legality of using its security certificates to indefinitely detain foreigners with suspected ties to terrorism. In the UK, security-cleared special advocates can challenge secret intelligence presented to a court to justify the indefinite detention of …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) ruled Monday that a convicted terrorist from Jordan must return to his home country despite his arguments that he risks being tortured upon returning to Jordan. SIAC chairman Justice Ouseley said there was no real threat of persecution for Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, basing the commission's decision on …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Eleven South Koreans filed a lawsuit Monday asking the Tokyo District Court to order the removal of their relatives' names from the Yasukuni Shrine, a controversial memorial which many argue is a symbol of Japan's past as a military-driven nation. The plaintiffs include a former soldier and 10 other South Koreans whose fathers were …

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