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Legal news from Thursday, April 26, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Two Canadian law professors and human rights activists have written to the International Criminal Court (ICC), asking it to investigate "possible war crimes" by top Canadian defence officials. Michael Byers of the University of British Columbia and William Schabas, now at the National University of Ireland, sent a letter to ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Utah-based anti-spam technology company filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Alexandria Thursday in an effort to identify the people behind so-called "spambots", programs that search the Internet for e-mail addresses to sell to spammers. Unspam Technologies Inc. operates a spam harvester-tracking Web site called Project Honey Pot that has collected …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced the transfer of two more Guantanamo Bay detainees Thursday - one to Afghanistan and another to Morocco, reducing to approximately 380 the number of detainees remaining at Guantanamo. According to a DOD press release, these latest transfers are a demonstration of the United States’ desire not to hold …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The White House admitted Thursday to holding about 20 briefings throughout 2006 and 2007 for federal agency employees to discuss the electability of Republican candidates, meetings similar to a January presentation that critics allege violated the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act prohibits the use of government resources for political purposes, and the US Office of Special Counsel …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech to both houses of the Russian parliament Thursday that he was putting Russia's implementation of the terms of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty on hold in the face of what he called a US-led NATO military "build up" in …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The US Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday proposed a new rule for the calculation of power plant emissions subject to additional pollution controls, adopting a standard recently criticized by the Supreme Court in a ruling earlier this month. The new Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review: Emission …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Forty top members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood went before a secret military court in Egypt Thursday on charges of terrorism and money laundering. Defense lawyers announced that they would boycott the proceedings because they were not notified of the trial beforehand and only learned of it from their clients. The defendants …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The New Hampshire Senate voted 14-10 Thursday in favor a bill allowing same-sex civil unions, sending the legislation on to Gov. John Lynch for signature. The bill, passed by the state House of Representatives earlier this month, would authorize same-sex couples to enter into civil unions with "the same rights, responsibilities, and obligations as …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko announced in a national address Wednesday that he was postponing until June 24 parliamentary elections originally scheduled for May 27 to avoid funding problems and allow more time for preparation ahead of a vote. The postponement came as Ukraine's Constitutional Court completed its public hearings …

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by Jeannie Shawl

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday the he plans to submit legislation that would "establish a fundamental, statutory right to privacy for women in making personal reproductive decisions." Spitzer's proposed Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act would revise the state's abortion laws to allow late-term abortions when necessary to protect a woman's health and would "ensure …

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by Brett Murphy

The Iowa House of Representatives voted 59-37 Wednesday to approve a bill that will provide equal opportunity protection to gays and lesbians in employment, housing, and education. The House approved the bill after adding an amendment stating that the state's current definition of marriage as between a man and a woman was not …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A ban preventing former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from returning to the country and restrictions on Khaleda Zia, another former prime minister and Hasina's former political rival, have been lifted, according to statements from the interim Bangladeshi government late Wednesday. There are, however, indications that corruption investigations into the two former politicians are …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) proposed legislation Wednesday that "will allow schools and universities to share a student's mental health information with their parents or guardians if the student is found to be at risk of suicide, or of committing homicide or physical assault." Announced in the wake of the shootings at …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainees urged US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday to suspend the Court's order denying certiorari and allow detainees 120 days to petition the court for a rehearing in two cases challenging provisions of the Military Commissions Act (MCA) stripping the right of detainees to …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The US military announced Thursday that the former commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment responsible for the detention facility at Camp Cropper near Baghdad has been charged with multiple offences under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including aiding the enemy, unauthorized possession of classified information, disobeying orders, and various counts of conduct …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Lawyers visiting Afghan detainee Haji Bismullah at Guantanamo Bay should be subject to tightened restrictions, including limited access to their client and evidence, the US Justice Department has urged in court papers filed with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Under …

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