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Legal news from Saturday, June 2, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev said Saturday that he had accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Georgi Petkanov ahead of an expected European Commission report on the country's ongoing judiciary reforms. Petkanov said Wednesday that he was tired of the difficult job of judiciary reform, and wanted …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Friday announced draft legislation to combat violent crime that would increase penalties, extend the statute of limitations for prosecution, and create separate statutory prohibitions against violent crime by illegal immigrants. The proposed Violent Crime and Anti-Terrorism Act of 2007, brought forward just days after FBI Assistant Director of Public …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge Marcia Cooke declined to exclude FBI wiretap evidence from the trial of accused terrorist supporter Jose Padilla Friday, rejecting arguments by defense attorneys that phone conversations that mentioned Osama bin Laden were irrelevant and threatened to prejudice the jury. Padilla and co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi are charged …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

US President George W. Bush continued to push for passage of the latest comprehensive immigration reform bill Friday, denying conservative claims that the bill is "amnesty" by insisting it brings consequences for those who entered the US illegally. Bush recognized bipartisan complaints that the bill has problems, but responded that it "is …

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by Michael Sung

Ukraine's parliament Friday approved a series of bills paving the way for early parliamentary elections on September 30. The bills, reflecting an earlier political compromise between rivals President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych that adverted a violent confrontation between their fractions, had previously twice …

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by Michael Sung

Thousands of Pakistanis rallied in support of suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Saturday, defying a government ban on unauthorized rallies of more than five people declared Friday. The rally began in the capital city of Islamabad, and proceeded south for 30 miles to Abbotabad where an estimated 50,000 people, …

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