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Legal news from Monday, April 9, 2007
by Ryan Olden

The city government of Washington, DC on Monday asked the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals for an en banc rehearing of a case that led to a controversial ruling last month invalidating the city's handgun ban. City lawyers warn that the current ruling "severely limits" the ability of local and …

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by Ryan Olden

Judge Amy St. Eve of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion Monday for a mistrial in the prosecution of Canadian-born former media mogul Conrad Black on fraud charges. John Boultbee, a former associate of Black and his current co-defendant, requested a separate trial …

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by Brett Murphy

An Ethiopian court on Monday dropped genocide and treason charges against more than 100 people charged involved in 2005 political protests, and released from prison 25 detainees, including several journalists, after acquitting them on all charges. Finding that the prosecution had failed to prove charges against them, Judge Adil Ahmed ruled against the government and ordered the …

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by Michael Sung

US Trade Representative Susan Schwab said Monday that the United States is filing a case against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for lax enforcement of copyright violations and trademarks. Schwab said that the US will also file a second challenge to China's existing trade barriers, which has …

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by Brett Murphy

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support having judges elected to the bench, the Globe and Mail reported Monday. According to a poll conducted by Globe and CTV, 63 percent of the respondents favored electing judges, with 24 percent strongly endorsing the idea. Support for the idea was strongest in the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec. The poll result comes as …

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by Michael Sung

Jury selection was completed Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for the second federal lawsuit to go to trial involving Louisiana homeowners affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Homeowners Robert and Merryl Weiss are suing Allstate insurance company for bad faith, alleging that the insurance carrier …

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by Lisl Brunner

The US soldier responsible for the death of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari in Iraq in March 2005 told the New York Post Monday that he fired on Calipari's vehicle in self-defense. Calipari was shot to death by Spc. Mario Lozano while driving to the Baghdad airport after securing …

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by Brett Murphy

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) did not consider the full archives from the war crimes tribunal at The Hague in making its finding that Serbia did not commit genocide during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war and was not liable for damages, instead relying on material in the court's public record that had been …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Israel is reviewing the names of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners that Palestinian militants have demanded freed in exchange for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Israeli officials said Sunday. Shalit was captured in Gaza on June 25, and his detention helped spark the latest round of violence in …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) only prosecuted about two percent of the individuals arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the country along the US-Mexico border during a five-year period, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal figures on arrests and prosecutions released Monday. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University collected the …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Nearly 1,000 protesters continued demonstrations Monday outside the parliament building in central Kiev as the Constitutional Court of Ukraine prepared to hear a lawsuit filed earlier this month by Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the Ukrainian Parliament challenging the April 2 decree by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The government of Thailand said Monday it will continue to block access to the popular video-sharing website YouTube until Google, YouTube's owner, agrees to remove video clips deemed offensive to the country's monarch. Thailand originally banned access to YouTube and several other websites April 4. The YouTube ban resulted from …

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by Katerina Ossenova

More than a dozen prisoners at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay are being subjected to daily force-feedings as a result of a long-term hunger strike, the New York Times reported Monday, the largest such number since the beginning of 2006. Lawyers for the 13 detainees on hunger strike blame the harsh conditions of a …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should consider resigning in the wake of his role in the firings of eight US Attorneys. With his criticism of Gonzales' judgment, Gingrich joins a growing group of Republicans who …

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