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Legal news from Tuesday, March 13, 2007
by Ryan Olden

Sudan on Tuesday attempted to prevent the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) from considering a report by a UNHRC team sent to investigate conditions in Darfur. The report, issued Monday, calls for immediate protection of victims in the war-ravaged region of Sudan. In response Tuesday, Sudanese Justice Minister Mohammed Ali …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday he will not resign from his position in response to growing controversy over the firings last year of eight US Attorneys that may have been politically motivated. Gonzales nonetheless accepted responsibility and admitted "mistakes were made" when the US Department of Justice (DOJ) …

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by Ryan Olden

High-ranking officials in the Australian government pressured the US government to reduce terror charges against Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks, according to a report in The Australian on Tuesday. Attorney General Philip Ruddock and other officials personally asked the US Department of Defense and the Department of Justice to expedite the …

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by Lisl Brunner

Lawmakers dismissed last week by Ecuador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) fought police as they tried to enter the Congress of Ecuador on Tuesday, sparking violence that led to the suspension of the legislature's activities for a week. Meanwhile, the Constitutional Tribunal rejected an appeal by lawmakers to resolve the dispute between the legislature …

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by Lisl Brunner

Charges were dropped Tuesday against the last of seven British soldiers accused of causing the 2003 death of Iraqi civilian Baha Musa. A military panel cleared Major Michael Peebles and Warrant Officer Mark Davies of negligently performing their duties. Charges against Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Mendonca and four other soldiers were dropped [BBC …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Washington State House of Representatives has passed a bill by a vote of 73-22 that will require public and private schools to provide information about human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer, and its newly-developed vaccine to parents of sixth grade students. The bill stops short of …

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by Lisl Brunner

Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a civil suit brought against Sudan by families of US military personnel killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. The families say Sudan has provided material support to al Qaeda since 1991, without which the attack …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Zimbabwe opposition presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai, arrested by government forces at a protest in Harare Sunday, was taken to a hospital Tuesday after a brief appearance in court along with 50 other detainees. On Monday, Tsvangirai's lawyer and party officials said he was beaten while in police custody; he appeared …

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by Brett Murphy

The trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and former lawyer David Mills began Tuesday in Milan on charges of corruption arising from Berlusconi's alleged payment of $600,000 to Mills for favorable testimony at trials in the 1990s. Last month, the Italian Court of Cassation ruled that Berlusconi should …

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by Brett Murphy

The French Cour de Cassation held Tuesday that same-sex marriages are not valid under French law and that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. The case arose in 2004 when Stephane Charpin and Bertrand Charpentier were married, after which both a …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Chinese Chief Justice Xiao Yang reported Tuesday that nine high ranking Chinese officials were convicted by courts in 2006 as a result of China's anti-corruption campaign. In a working report to the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's parliament, Xiao also reported that a total of 825 convicted …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Council of Europe's European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) called on Russia to deal with allegations of torture and abuse in the volatile Chechnya region in a record third public statement released Monday. The CPT …

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by Brett Murphy

Media giant Viacom filed a lawsuit Tuesday for copyright infringement against the website YouTube and owner Google, seeking over $1 billion in damages and an injunction that would prohibit further infringement. Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, MTV, VH1 and other media outlets, alleges in its complaint that over 160,000 unauthorized video clips have been …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Pakistan's Supreme Judicial Council held a hearing Tuesday on the alleged misconduct of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as Pakistanis protested in the streets and lawyers boycotted courts across the country. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suspended Chaudhry Friday for alleged misconduct. Chaudhry has questioned whether he will receive …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) endorsed a declaration against torture drafted by 17 evangelical scholars, a move some say signifies an end to US President George W. Bush's alliance with Christian evangelicals. The declaration, written by Evangelicals for Human Rights, noted the traditional relationship between Christianity and "the human rights …

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by Natalie Hrubos

A United Nations human rights expert urged the Philippines Monday to amend or repeal its new anti-terrorism law. Martin Scheinin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, specifically expressed concern that the law allows house arrests without strong evidence of guilt and make detentions reviewable by "members of …

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by Natalie Hrubos

A British judge said Monday that he dropped prisoner abuse charges against the most senior British military officer charged with abusing detainees last week because his superiors approved some of the techniques. A British Army major testified in November 2006 that a military legal adviser approved techniques for preparing Iraqi detainees for interrogation that allegedly …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A US federal judge has approved a settlement under which Arthur Andersen will pay $72.5 million to investors who sued the firm for its involvement in the Enron scandal. US District Judge Melinda Harmon signed an order approving the settlement, ending the former accounting giant's involvement in a $40 billion class action …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The Tokyo High Court Tuesday ruled against a group of Chinese plaintiffs seeking $682,000 in damages for injuries caused by chemical weapons leaks left by the Imperial Japanese Army at the end of World War II. The court upheld a 2003 ruling by a Tokyo district court refusing to award damages, but a lawyer for …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Former White House counsel Harriet Miers suggested to an aide of US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that all 93 US Attorneys be fired at the beginning of President Bush's second term, but that suggestion was ultimately dismissed as impractical, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Monday. Following Gonzales' approval of a plan to …

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