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Legal news from Monday, April 23, 2007
by Caitlin Price

Thirty terror suspects were tortured by Afghan security forces after being being transferred from Canadian custody, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported Monday. The detainees gave accounts of being beaten, electrocuted, starved, and left in freezing temperatures while detained in Kandahar province jails. The report prompted calls for the resignation of Canadian Defense Minister Gordon O'Connor …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Brendlin v. California, 06-8120, in which the Court must determine whether an automobile passenger, convicted on drug charges resulting from an illegal traffic stop, may contest the legality of the stop under the Fourth Amendment. In 2001, Bruce Edward …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The US Supreme Court issued an order Monday that vacated a 2005 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit striking down Missouri's 1999 "partial birth" abortion ban. After the Supreme Court's decision last week in Gonzales v. Carhart, the Eighth Circuit …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The United Kingdom cannot legally continue to provide political asylum to Russian billionaire and alleged coup plotter Boris Berezovsky and refuse to extradite him, the chairman of the Russian State Duma's Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Law Committee said Monday. Berezovsky, who has been charged with plotting a coup against Russian President Vladimir Putin, notoriously …

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by Brett Murphy

Bernard Ntuyahaga, a former Rwandan army major, denied at trial Monday any involvement in the 1994 murder of 10 Belgian peacekeepers and the Rwandan prime minister they were charged with protecting. Ntuyahaga said he was being used as a scapegoat, that he was simply "at the bad place at the bad moment." The prosecution argues that he …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may file a lawsuit against former Apple, Inc. General Counsel Nancy Heinin for allegations of backdating two 2001 stock option grants, Heinin's lawyers said Monday. The incidents in question involved one grant to CEO Steve Jobs and another to several executives including Heinin herself. In particular, Heinin allegedly …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in US v. Santos [cert. petition, PDF] 06-1005, where the Court will consider the definition of proceeds in relation to illegal money laundering schemes under 18 USC 1956. The case is on appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.The Seventh Circuit …

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by Brett Murphy

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom pledged Sunday to keep the city a haven for immigrants, saying that while he cannot stop US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from making arrests, he will try to keep them from conducting immigrations raids. In a statement at a local church, Newsom said "I will not allow...anyone associated …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The head of Nigeria's electoral commission announced Monday that ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Umaru Yar'Adua won the country's weekend presidential election by a landslide - taking 24.6 million votes as against 6.6 million for former army general Muhammadu Buhari - but European Union observer Max van den Berg [official …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A spokesperson for New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has said the governor plans to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of New York in the next few weeks. Spitzer reportedly seeks to fulfill a campaign promise to support a gay marriage bill …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and US Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) said Sunday they will push legislation in the US Congress that would mandate that states improve their system for reporting mental health records of gun purchasers to the federal databases for background checks in the wake of last Monday's shootings …

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by Alexis Unkovic

President Bush defended US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday after US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, publicly criticized Gonzales Sunday for his role in the controversial firing of eight US attorneys and said Gonzales' testimony before the Judiciary Committee …

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by Jeannie Shawl

An arrest warrant issued over the weekend for former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was suspended Monday after police asked the judge presiding over the case to allow them more time to continue their investigation. Hasina was charged in absentia earlier this month with four counts of murder arising from the deaths of …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first elected president and the primary architect of the country's shift towards democratic government in the 1990s, died Monday, according to Russian wire services. Yeltsin was 76 and had a history of health problems, including heart trouble. Initial wire reports did not give the cause of death but said that Yeltsin died "suddenly." First …

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