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Legal news from Monday, April 2, 2007
by Caitlin Price

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart concluded an investigation Monday into the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), finding that the European financial cooperative did not violate Canadian privacy laws by post-September 11 information-sharing with the US Department of the Treasury. SWIFT was alleged to have illegally …

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by Caitlin Price

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed into law the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act Monday, legalizing medical marijuana in the treatment of certain "eligible conditions and symptoms." Eligible conditions include chronic or debilitating diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma. The New Mexico Department of Health …

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by Caitlin Price

A federal judge on Monday granted former Enron vice president Christopher Calger's request to withdraw his July 2005 guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The case against Calger was based on the same legal theory that was rejected in August 2006 by the …

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by James M Yoch Jr

A military court in Jordan handed down sentences Monday for six men charged with planning suicide bombings at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman and several hotels frequented by Israelis and Americans. None of the defendants are Jordanian citizens and three were tried in absentia and remain at large. Five of the defendants, including …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Italian Judge Renato La Viola ordered an investigation into the actions of Dr. Mario Riccio, the anaesthetist turned off life support for Piergiorgio Welby, a man who suffered from muscular dystrophy and sought the right to die by euthanasia, according to statements Riccio made to Reuters Monday. Italian prosecutors declined to initiate proceedings against …

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by Brett Murphy

The president of Kyrgyzstan said Monday that the government will begin steps to amend the Kyrgyz constitution. At a meeting with government officials, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced the formation of a working group for amendment drafting, and indicated that members of different political parties and officials from throughout the government will be included in …

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by Brett Murphy

The Moscow City Court upheld a city ban on gay pride parades in the city on Monday, dismissing an extraordinary appeal by parade organizers challenging a ruling by the Tverskoy district court. Organizers say they are prepared to appeal to the Russian Supreme Court, and believe that the high court will be "more …

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by Brett Murphy

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Monday upheld the 20-year prison sentence of former Bosnian Croat soldier Miroslav Bralo, dismissing Bralo's appeal alleging the trial chamber failed to consider relevant facts. In its decision, the Appeals Chamber held that Bralo was only …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Durban High Court in South Africa ruled Monday that the country's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) can seek the release of documents that may be used to file additional corruption charges against former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma. The court specifically granted the NPA's application …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A divided US Supreme Court Monday denied petitions for certiorari in two cases brought by Guantanamo Bay detainees seeking habeas corpus review of their detentions. The petitions for certiorari came in the cases of Boumedienne v. Bush and al Odah v. United States, where the US Court of Appeals for the DC …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Dutch prosecutors Monday sought to introduce documents from the ongoing genocide trial of Saddam-era Iraqi officials for the gassing deaths of Kurds in the so-called "Anfal" campaign to oppose an appeal by a Dutch businessman convicted of selling chemicals used in the attacks. Frans Van Anraat [BBC profile; JURIST …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate the emission of "greenhouse gases," such as carbon dioxide, by automobiles. In Massachusetts v. EPA, 12 states and several environmental groups sued the …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Iraqi prosecutors Monday sought the death penalty for Ali Hassan al-Majid, the cousin of Saddam Hussein known to Western media as "Chemical Ali" for allegedly using poisonous gas to clear Kurdish villages in the 1980s. Al-Majid is facing charges in a genocide trial based on …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has submitted an application to be transferred to a prison near his home in South Australia to serve the remainder of his nine-month sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of supporting terrorism last week. South Australia's Correctional Services Minister Carmel Zollo …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Iraqi Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani Sunday rejected a proposed law which would return former Baath party members to their previously held government positions, according to Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Supreme National Commission for de-Baathification. The draft law, which was introduced by Iraqi President …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Sunday rejected attempts by the Bush administration to move up the date that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is scheduled to testify regarding his role in the firings of eight US Attorneys. White House counselor Dan Bartlett urged the US Senate Judiciary …

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