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Legal news from Monday, March 12, 2007
23:03 EDT

[JURIST] Foreign "guest workers" in the US are being continually and severely abused, according to a report [text; press release] pointedly entitled "Close to Slavery" issued Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center [advocacy website]. The report says that workers are frequently cheated out of wages, and must pay high [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Idaho State Senate [official website] passed a bill in a 29-6 vote Monday that would block illegal immigrants from using most taxpayer-financed public assistance programs. S-1157 [text] would require that applicants eighteen years of age or older to show proof that they are lawfully present in the United [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] filed fraud charges [press release] Monday against former executives of Canadian telecommunications manufacturer Nortel Networks [corporate website; JURIST news archive], accusing the corporation of misleading investors. The complaint [PDF], brought in the US District Court for the Southern District of [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] pressed member nations to work with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday, telling UNHRC members at the opening of the council's first 2007 session that it is crucial that they in turn work with all nations [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A New Jersey jury awarded a plaintiff $20 million in the latest Vioxx [FDA backgrounder; JURIST news archive] litigation on Monday. The jury found that the drug, distributed by Merck [corporate website], caused the plaintiff's heart attack and that had the plaintiff's doctor known of the risks associated with [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Zimbabwe opposition presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who was arrested [JURIST report] by government forces Sunday, alleged Monday that police beat Tsvangirai after he was taken into custody. Party officials similarly said [press release] he was "fighting" for his life after being [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] heard opening statements Monday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two laws passed by the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania [official website; legal defense website] that make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to live or work [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Egypt [JURIST news archive] has affirmed the four-year prison sentence imposed on Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil [advocacy website; HRinfo backgrounder] at a hearing Monday, according to court officials speaking to AP on condition of anonymity. A lower court in Alexandria initially imposed the sentence [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Only one in five US federal agencies actually complies with the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments (E-FOIA) [HR 3802 summary], according to a report [PDF text, press release] released Monday by the National Security Archive [official website]. The E-FOIA amendments, which took effect in 1997, require federal agencies [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Several high-ranking Democratic senators have called for the resignation of US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] in the wake of revelations [JURIST report] in an official audit that the FBI broke and misused laws in the process of obtaining personal information from telephone companies, Internet service providers, banks, [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers in Uganda [JURIST news archive] began a three-day strike Monday in response to the March 1 siege of the Ugandan High Court [Reuters report]. The 830 members of the Uganda Law Society (ULA) [group website] voted last week [JURIST report] to protest the incident, in which state security [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty Pakistani lawyers were injured by riot police Monday as protests [JURIST report] against last week's suspension [JURIST report] of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [profile] continued. More than 3,000 lawyers gathered outside the Lahore High Court [official website] building and attempted a sit-in on the main street passing [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] investigative team released a report [text] Monday saying the citizens of Darfur [JURIST news archive] need immediate protection against war crimes, blaming the government of Sudan for many of the atrocities taking place there. Nobel peace prize laureate Jody Williams [official [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] China plans to gradually lessen the number of executions it carries out while still keeping the death penalty [JURIST news archive], according to a statement released Sunday by China's Supreme People's Court, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Security [official websites], and China's lead prosecutor. The statement indicated that [read more]

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