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Legal news from Tuesday, May 1, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

US President George W. Bush Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have provided $122 billion to pay for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan but would have also required US troops to start pulling out of Iraq within four months. Bush has previously promised to veto any proposed legislation that included …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday unanimously upheld a 2005 law that allows parents to sue people who help their minor daughters get an abortion without parental consent. Planned Parenthood had challenged the law on the basis that it infringed the group's First Amendment right to free speech by blocking it from disseminating …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) had no First Amendment right to turn over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters. In 1996, McDermott leaked a recorded telephone conversation in which several Republican lawmakers discussed ethics allegations against then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga) …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

About 70 lawyers representing some of the top firms in the US Tuesday lobbied various congressional offices to restore the writ of habeas corpus to Guantanamo Bay detainees brought before military tribunals. The lawyers, who also included public defenders and sole practitioners, held over 50 meetings with Washington legislators, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), to draw attention to …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Thousands of protesters rallied in cities across the United States Tuesday for more relaxed immigration laws and facilitated routes to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Marchers took to the streets in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Washington DC, and elsewhere but organizers said the range of activities marking May 1 showed the strength and diversity of the …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The English Lord Chancellor told a House of Lords committee Tuesday that the scheduled creation of a new Ministry of Justice split off from the traditional Home Office would go ahead later this month without any parliamentary bill and, if need be, over the objections of senior judges. Lord Falconer told members of the Lords Constitution Committee …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dismissed a second judge from the Ukrainian Constitutional Court Tuesday, just one day after dismissing judge Valeriy Pshenichny for an "oath violation." Deputy Chairwoman and Justice Syuzanna Stanyk was dismissed Tuesday; Yushchenko has previously accused her of corruption. RFE/RL has more.The court is currently considering the constitutionality …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Turkish Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the first parliamentary vote on the only candidate standing for election to the presidency of Turkey was invalid because a quorum of legislators did not participate in the vote as required by the Turkish constitution. Under Article 102 of the constitution, two-thirds of a total of 550 legislators are …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Canadian Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day told the Canadian House of Commons for the first time Monday that the government had in fact heard claims from detainees held by authorities in Afghanistan that they had been tortured in Afghan custody, although he could not say whether those detainees had previously been held by Canadian forces. The claims …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A federal judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire law requiring that prescription information identifiable to particular doctors be kept confidential from pharmaceutical sales representatives violates the First Amendment and is unconstitutional. IMS Health and Verispan filed a lawsuit last year after the law took effect, arguing that the so-called Prescription …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Efforts to combat widespread corruption in Iraq are being hindered by security problems and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's reinstatement of a provision of the country's Saddam-era criminal procedure code allowing ministers to block corruption investigations of their own departments, according to a new US auditor's report transmitted to Congress Monday. …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

An internal US Department of Justice order disclosed Monday by the National Journal gave two top aides to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wide discretion to fire and hire political appointees within the Department who were not subject to Senate confirmation. The memo, dated March 2006, authorized then-Gonzales chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson and Gonzales's White House …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Bertha Wilson, the first woman appointed to the Supreme of Canada, died over the weekend of Alzheimer's disease, it was disclosed Monday. Wilson was 83. She was appointed to the Canadian high court by then-Prime Minister Pierre Eliot Trudeau in 1982 after having become the first woman appointed to the Court of …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Tennessee's moratorium on executions will expire Wednesday after Gov. Phil Bredesen accepted revised death penalty protocols Monday. Bredesen ordered the moratorium in February and directed the Tennessee Department of Corrections to conduct a "comprehensive review of the manner in which death sentences are administered... and provide new protocols and related …

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