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Legal news from Monday, March 12, 2007
by Lauren Becker

Foreign "guest workers" in the US are being continually and severely abused, according to a report pointedly entitled "Close to Slavery" issued Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report says that workers are frequently cheated out of wages, and must pay high fees to obtain the offered jobs. Workers have travel documents …

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by Caitlin Price

The Idaho State Senate passed a bill in a 29-6 vote Monday that would block illegal immigrants from using most taxpayer-financed public assistance programs. S-1157 would require that applicants eighteen years of age or older to show proof that they are lawfully present in the United States before receiving certain public benefits. Sen. Chuck Coiner, one …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges Monday against former executives of Canadian telecommunications manufacturer Nortel Networks, accusing the corporation of misleading investors. The complaint, brought in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, accuses Frank A. Dunn, Douglas C. …

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by Brett Murphy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed member nations to work with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 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 in cooperation toward ending human rights abuses. In an address …

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by Brett Murphy

A New Jersey jury awarded a plaintiff $20 million in the latest Vioxx litigation on Monday. The jury found that the drug, distributed by Merck, caused the plaintiff's heart attack and that had the plaintiff's doctor known of the risks associated with Vioxx he would not have prescribed it to the plaintiff. …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A lawyer for Zimbabwe opposition presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai, who was arrested by government forces Sunday, alleged Monday that police beat Tsvangirai after he was taken into custody. Party officials similarly said he was "fighting" for his life after being "brutally beaten." Innocent Chagonda reported that he saw from a …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania heard opening statements Monday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two laws passed by the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania that make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to live or work in the town. Lozano v. City of Hazleton [case information, …

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by Alexis Unkovic

An appeals court in Egypt has affirmed the four-year prison sentence imposed on Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil at a hearing Monday, according to court officials speaking to AP on condition of anonymity. A lower court in Alexandria initially imposed the sentence against Nabil in February on charges of inciting …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Only one in five US federal agencies actually complies with the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments (E-FOIA), according to a report released Monday by the National Security Archive. The E-FOIA amendments, which took effect in 1997, require federal agencies to post key records online, provide citizens with detailed guidance …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Several high-ranking Democratic senators have called for the resignation of US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the wake of revelations 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, and credit bureaus under the terms of the Patriot Act. …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Lawyers in Uganda began a three-day strike Monday in response to the March 1 siege of the Ugandan High Court. The 830 members of the Uganda Law Society (ULA) voted last week to protest the incident, in which state security agents surrounded the courthouse, rearrested six defendants who had previously …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Twenty Pakistani lawyers were injured by riot police Monday as protests against last week's suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry continued. More than 3,000 lawyers gathered outside the Lahore High Court building and attempted a sit-in on the main street passing by the courthouse. Police used batons to break up the …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) investigative team released a report Monday saying the citizens of Darfur 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 led the group that tried to enter Sudan over …

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by Holly Manges Jones

China plans to gradually lessen the number of executions it carries out while still keeping the death penalty, according to a statement released Sunday by China's Supreme People's Court, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Security, and China's lead prosecutor. The statement indicated that China cannot entirely abolish the death penalty, but noted that …

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