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

Thousands of Italians rallied in Rome on Saturday in support of a bill that would give legal status to unmarried gay and heterosexual couples couples. The proposal, which has been harshly criticized by the Italian justice minister and the top Italian bishop, would give unmarried couples combined medical insurance, the right to visit their partner …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Mexican President Felipe Calderon proposed changes to the country's constitution Friday in an effort to reform its criminal justice system. Earlier this month, Amnesty International accused Mexico in a report of having a "gravely flawed" criminal justice system in which human rights abuses are perpetuated and …

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by Michael Sung

Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers boycotted courts Saturday to protest Friday's suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for unspecified misconduct. An estimated 200 lawyers burned images of President Pervez Musharraf in Karachi. Amir Rana, a nephew of Chaudhry, told AP that the chief justice refused a request by Musharraf to resign and that …

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by Natalie Hrubos

US District Judge Richard G. Stearns ordered US immigration officials on Friday to provide detainees from a New Bedford, Massachusetts sweatshop access to lawyers and not to move them out of state. Stearns also told the state Department of Social Services and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to find a solution to the problem of …

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by Michael Sung

Ecuador's Constitutional Tribunal has warned President Rafael Correa that he would be acting illegally if he ignores a potential unfavorable ruling by the Tribunal on a controversial exercise of authority by the country's seven-member Supreme Electoral Tribunal, which dismissed 57 of 100 lawmakers in the Congress …

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by Natalie Hrubos

A Turkish court on Friday lifted a ban on YouTube two days after the court banned the popular video-sharing website. The court had ordered telecom providers in the country to block access because of videos allegedly insulting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. It is unclear why the court lifted …

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by Michael Sung

The Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the Afghan parliament, voted Saturday to approve a revised resolution calling for an amnesty for groups that allegedly committed war crimes. The resolution, revised by President Hamid Karzai, bars the state from independently prosecuting individuals for war crimes absent accusation …

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by Michael Sung

Top US Justice Department officials moved quickly Friday to acknowledge fault and apologize for illegal activities after a sharply critical DOJ inspector general's report on Patriot Act investigative practices revealed that the FBI broke and misused laws in the process of obtaining personal information from telephone companies, internet service providers, banks, credit bureaus and …

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