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Legal news from Friday, April 13, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) took federal prosecutors' political activities and connections to the conservative Federalist Society into account in deciding whether to retain or dismiss them, according to documents released Friday by the DOJ to the US House Judiciary Committee. Among the 2394 newly released pages of e-mails, schedules and memos were a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Poland's parliament Friday rejected constitutional amendments that would have strengthened the country's anti-abortion laws. Poland's current 1993 abortion law is already one of Europe's strictest, allowing abortions only when the woman's health is threatened by pregnancy, the baby is likely to be handicapped, or the pregnancy is the result of rape. The conservative ruling League of Polish …

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by Stefanie Presley

The US Senate Committee on Finance has approved a bill which would provide the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries with drug manufacturers, insurers and pharmacies. The Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act [S. 3 materials; House version], …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A group of Argentine veterans of the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Argentine military tortured and killed its own troops during the brief war with Britain over possession of the South Atlantic islands. The former soldiers say they witnessed 20 soldiers being shot, starved or staked to the ground as …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commander was suspended Friday after video footage taken in the West Bank Wednesday showed IDF soldiers under his control ordering two Palestinian teens to stand in front of their vehicle to protect it from stones being thrown by local bystanders during a military raid. Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Critics of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf continued protests Friday outside the venue of the latest court hearing on the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, burning an effigy of Musharraf and demanding his resignation. Inside the courtroom, the Supreme Judicial Council adjourned until …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A New Jersey federal judge dismissed a class action brought by investors of Merck & Co. Thursday, ruling that the suit was filed after the statute of limitations had run. The investors had said that Merck had deliberately concealed information from them about the safety record of its arthritis drug Vioxx. …

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by JURIST Staff

The Russian government Friday renewed its call for the United Kingdom to extradite Russian business billionaire Boris Berezovsky, who has been charged with plotting a coup against Russian President Vladimir Putin. The request for extradition followed Berezovsky's latest call for the forceful overthrow of Putin. Berezovsky's comments have strained an already tenuous relationship between England …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Former Computer Associates (CA) CEO Sanjay Kumar will pay almost $800 million in restitution over his lifetime for his role in the accounting fraud in which CA swapped revenues of $2.2 billion with another company in 1999 and 2000, according to a settlement approved Friday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of …

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by James M Yoch Jr

US citizen Christopher Paul pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he conspired to assist terrorists and to bomb European tourist sites and US military and government facilities overseas. Paul, from Columbus, OH, did not request to be released on bond during his arraignment in the US Southern District of Ohio. Paul pleaded not guilty …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Eight prison guards from the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, NY pleaded not guilty on Friday at arraignments in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on charges of using physical violence and excessive force against two inmates and filing false reports to conceal their actions. A total …

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by Lisl Brunner

Mexican President Felipe Calderon Thursday signed a decree decriminalizing libel and defamation, offenses previously punishable by prison sentences. Henceforward they will be punishable by fine and subject to civil suits. The move has already garnered the approval of media groups such as the Inter American Press Association (SIP), which praised the fact …

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by Lisl Brunner

Russia's Foreign Ministry Thursday assailed a new human rights report critical of Russia issued last week by the US Department of State, claiming that the United States is using human rights as a pretense to interfere with Russia's domestic affairs in violation of the UN Charter. At a press conference, Russian Deputy Foreign …

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by Lisl Brunner

A Quebec Superior Court judge Thursday postponed the war crimes trial of Desiré Munyaneza after he was severely beaten in his cell by another prisoner Wednesday night. The former Rwandan militia commander is charged under the Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act with seven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and …

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by JURIST Staff

Eight suspected members of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) were sent for trial Thursday by French investigators for their alleged role in the Casablanca terrorist attacks in May 2003. The suspects have been charged with engaging in a terrorist undertaking and could receive up to ten years in prison. GICM, which has been listed …

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by Michael Sung

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a law that will "prohibit persons from engaging in picketing or a directed protest within 150 yards of any entrance" where a funeral is held or "conducted within one hour prior to, during the funeral, or within two hours following the funeral". Picketers that violate …

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by Michael Sung

The White House issued a policy statement Thursday expressing the administration's strong opposition to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 Thursday, and threatening presidential veto of the bill unless the Democratic-controlled Congress alters provisions which would increase congressional oversight of intelligence activities. The legislation, introduced by Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay …

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by Michael Sung

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocked the release of Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles on bail Thursday, after federal prosecutors filed an emergency motion appealing US District Judge Kathleen Cardone's ruling that Carriles should be release on bail due to his age and ties to the community. Carriles' lawyers …

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