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Legal news from Thursday, May 24, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

An Oklahoma bill barring the use of public funds to pay for abortions passed into law Thursday after the deadline for the governor's veto expired at midnight Wednesday. The bill bars the use of public money to fund most abortions, but does include exceptions for cases of rape or incest if the victim reports the crime …

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by Leslie Schulman

The US House of Representatives passed two measures Thursday that would require stricter regulation of lobbying practices. The Lobbying Transparency Act, which passed 382-37, would amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require more stringent disclosure of bundled contributions given by a lobbyist to a lawmaker. Currently, donors who bundle …

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by Michael Sung

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko fired Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun Thursday, prompting Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko to dispatch police to form a protective chain around the General Office of the Public Prosecutor. Piskun himself initially defied the dismissal, but subsequently said that he will leave office once the order …

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by Michael Sung

Judicial corruption is hurting the rule of law around the world, according to an annual report on the problem released Thursday by Transparency International (TI). TI's Global Corruption Report 2007 found judicial corruption to be particularly prevalent in the former Soviet republics in eastern and central Europe, and central Asia. In Moscow alone, …

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by Michael Sung

UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer, the first Secretary of State of the new Ministry of Justice (MOJ), sought to resolve differences between the judiciary and the government over the recent split of the MOJ from the Home Office Wednesday, speaking twice with the United Kingdom's most senior judge, Lord Nicholas Phillips …

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by Michael Sung

The US Senate voted 74-24 Wednesday to slash the number of temporary guest workers that could be annually admitted into the United States under the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. The amendment proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) would reduce the previous maximum limit …

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by Brett Murphy

UK Home Secretary John Reid said Thursday that control orders employed against persons suspected to be national threats when there is not enough evidence to hold them for trial are "far from the best option" in the fight against terrorism. He made the comment after three terror suspects subject to control orders …

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by Michael Sung

Aitzaz Ahsan, a lawyer on the defense team for suspended Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry complained Wednesday before the Supreme Court of Pakistan that his legal team was under "enormous government pressure" meant to discourage it from arguing its case. Ahsan accused the government of tapping the legal team's telephones, and …

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by Michael Sung

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted Wednesday to approve new interpretive guidelines for Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, relaxing previous guidelines which critics have called inflexible, burdensome, and wasteful. Section 404 requires public companies to continually evaluate the internal controls they have in place to ensure …

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by Michael Sung

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) and State Insurance Superintendent Eric R. Dinallo announced Wednesday that Silverstein Properties, which owns a 99-year lease of the World Trade Center site, has settled all outstanding insurance claims with seven insurance companies at a price of $2 billion dollars. Silverstein agreed to yield …

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by Michael Sung

Spanish judge Santiago Pedraz ruled Thursday that charges against three US soldiers for homicide and a "crime against the international community" in the 2004 death in Iraq of cameraman Jose Couso should stand, despite the appeal of Spanish prosecutors on behalf of the soldiers that the death was an "accident …

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by D. Wes Rist

United Nations inspectors met with Sudanese officials Thursday in the first steps of a UN investigation into human rights abuses by the Sudanese government in Darfur. The seven-person team arrived in Sudan Wednesday and began their inspection in the Darfur region with a goal of creating a series of …

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by Michael Sung

The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) said Wednesday that a controversial 700-mile fence along the US-Mexican border may violate the 1970 Boundary Treaty, which resolved all pending boundary differences between the United States and Mexico. Sally Spener, spokesperson for the IBWC, said that impermeable fences on US territory but between existing …

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by Michael Sung

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that a federal judge presiding over the criminal tax fraud prosecution of accounting firm KPMG improperly exercised ancillary jurisdiction over a state law contract claim brought against KPMG by 16 former partners and employees of KPMG and vacated the district judge's …

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by D. Wes Rist

Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu and international NGO Oxfam Thursday called on developing nations to submit proposals for a conventional weapons convention to the United Nations. Tutu urged developing nations especially to submit proposals for the convention, saying that trade in conventional weapons, especially small arms, "is the modern slave trade" and that developing …

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by Michael Sung

Chinese government authorities detained 28 people for either their alleged role in riots in southwestern China over the weekend or communicating information concerning the riots, according to reports from Xinhua, China's state media agency. Xinhua said that an estimated 300 to 3000 farmers discontented with efforts by local government officials to more strictly enforce China's "One Child …

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by Michael Sung

Suspended Romanian President Trian Basescu was reinstated Wednesday after the Romanian Constitutional Court certified results of a weekend referendum where 74 percent of voters rejected Basescu's impeachment. Basescu was suspended in April by a 322-108 vote in the Romanian Parliament after the prime minister made …

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