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Legal news from Thursday, March 15, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

International police organization Interpol Thursday agreed to issue arrest notices for six men thought to be connected with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Argentina had initially sought to have a number of high ranking Iranian officials, …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Legislators in Mexico City have begun deliberations on a bill that would legalize abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy. The bill, proposed by the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), would loosen Mexico's strict abortion laws within the boundary of the capital city. Abortion is generally illegal throughout the heavily Roman …

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by Robert DeVries

Spain's Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, approved a gender equality bill Thursday designed to draw more women into politics and corporate life. The bill had previously been approved by Spain's Senate. The initiative spearheaded by the majority Socialist Party passed the 350-seat …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

White House advisor Karl Rove originally suggested firing all 93 US Attorneys in January 2005, according to an email conversation released by the US Department of Justice Thursday. The e-mails appear to contradict the White House's assertion Tuesday that the idea to comprehensively dismiss US Attorneys first came from former White House counsel Harriet …

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by Leslie Schulman

The German Federal Court of Justice on Thursday ruled Nazi symbols could be used to protest extremism, overturning an October decision by a state court in Stuttgart. The lower court had ordered Juergen Kamm, who began an internet company called Nix Gut, to pay a fine of 3,600 euros (US $4,600) for …

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by Leslie Schulman

French President Jacques Chirac will be questioned by a judge this summer regarding his involvement in rigging public works contracts to finance political parties when he was mayor of Paris in the late 1980s and early '90s, according to justice officials Thursday. It is alleged that from 1988 to 1997, companies kicked back money spent …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The appeals chamber of the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) on Thursday upheld the death penalty for former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan, rejecting his appeal of the sentence handed down in the Saddam Hussein Dujail crimes against humanity trial. Ramadan was convicted [JURIST report; BBC verdict …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday upheld an election law prohibiting media outlets from broadcasting final election results in areas where the polls have not yet closed, finding the law a reasonable limit on freedom of expression as it ensures "informational equality among voters." Section 329 of the Canada Elections Act, enacted in …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Supreme Court of Israel should re-organize as an independent body, severing financial and administrative ties with the Israeli Justice Ministry, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch said in a press conference Wednesday. Beinisch suggested that the Justice Department's influence over the Supreme Court threatens the judicial independence of the Court. Last November, Beinisch …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US Senate Judiciary Committee agreed by voice-vote Thursday to issue subpoenas compelling five current and former DOJ aides and six fired US Attorneys to testify before the committee on whether their firings were politically motivated. Along with six of the eight Attorneys who were fired under questionable circumstances last year, the Committee also authorized …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Berkeley, California city council voted Tuesday to support the criminal complaint filed in Germany against former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top US officials and advisers for authorizing the commission of war crimes in the US "war …

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by James M Yoch Jr

A court in Rome convicted five former officers of the Argentina military Wednesday on charges of torturing, kidnapping and murdering three Italian citizens during Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War". All five defendants, who were tried in absentia, received life sentences. Argentinean officials have yet to confirm whether they will release the convicted men to Italian …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday that a Virginia federal court judge lacked the necessary power to order the federal government to turn over grand jury transcripts of the Zacarias Moussaoui criminal trial for use in a civil suit brought by families of 9/11 victims against the airline industry. …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Google Inc. announced a new user privacy policy on Wednesday where, "unless is legally required to retain log data for longer," Google will anonymize search information, such as the query entered, IP addresses, and cookie details, after 18 to 24 months. Google further said:By anonymizing our server logs after 18-24 months, we think we're striking the …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. has reached a plea agreement with the US Justice Department to settle claims that Chiquita paid approximately $1.7 million to a Colombian terrorist group between 1997 and 2004 to protect banana harvesting operations in Colombia, according to a criminal information filed by the DOJ in federal court Wednesday. Chiquita itself released an SEC …

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