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Legal news from Tuesday, June 5, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US House of Representatives passed two resolutions Tuesday intended to speed up the House's internal investigation of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), who was indicted this week for allegedly accepting $500,000 in bribes. John Boehner (R-OH) proposed a resolution requiring the House Ethics Committee to report …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The government of Myanmar announced plans Tuesday to reconvene negotiations on a new constitution for a final session next month. The national constitutional drafting convention, tasked with creating guidelines for a more democratic constitution, has been on hold since December 2006. The country's military regime announced the plan after being criticized by the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A US federal judge extended a temporary restraining order Tuesday, blocking the Texas town of Farmers Branch, a suburb of Dallas, from enforcing a law that would bar landlords from renting apartments to most illegal immigrants. The restraining order will be in effect until June 19, when Judge Sam Lindsay plans to rule on …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A German state court Tuesday upheld a ban on religious headscarves in public schools and affirmed the right of a school not to employ a teacher who said she would be unable to follow that law. The teacher argued the law was discriminatory and violated religious freedom. In upholding the law and finding the headscarf to …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Three relatives of a Chinese-American engineer convicted earlier this year of conspiring to smuggle sensitive naval intelligence data to China have pleaded guilty to related charges as part of a plea agreement. Appearing before a judge of the US District Court for the Central District of California …

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by Michael Sung

Thailand's interim-government Monday lifted a ban on political activities that had been in place since the 2006 bloodless coup, which will allow the dissolved political party Thai Rak Thai (TRT) to reform. The ban, which was lifted by Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and his cabinet, …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The Durban High Court in South Africa granted an execution order Tuesday allowing the country's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to seek documents obtained by the Mauritius government which are believed to evidence meetings between former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma and arms manufacturer Thint. Prosecutors are considering …

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by Michael Sung

Karunakaran Kandasamy, the alleged director of the American branch of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and four other defendants pleaded not in US federal court guilty Monday to charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and bribing public officials. Kandasamy, …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge Reggie B. Walton sentenced former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to 30 months in prison Tuesday for his conviction on two counts of perjury, one count of lying to the FBI and one count of obstruction of justice. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had urged …

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by Michael Sung

Pakistani police Tuesday issued a "preliminary complaint" against approximately 200 journalists, opposition party members and pro-democracy activists who demonstrated outside the Pakistan parliament building Monday evening protesting an emergency media ordinance in defiance of a government ban on unauthorized rallies issued late last week by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The ordinance gave the Pakistan Electronic …

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by Michael Sung

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet urged members of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt measures to ensure the independence of UNHRC investigators. Speaking during a special UNHRC session, Bachelet appealed to the 47 member countries to pass agendas and organization rules in the UNHRC's upcoming 5th session …

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by Michael Sung

Nine suspects were arrested and charged Monday in the US Eastern District of California for allegedly plotting the violent overthrow of the Laotian government. The suspects, including General Vang Pao, a former general in the Royal Lao Army, and Harrison Jack, a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and a retired Lt. Col. …

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by Michael Sung

Daniel McGowan was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday after pleading guilty last year to ecoterrorism charges, including participation in a criminal conspiracy and two counts of arson. McGowan was among ten defendants who pleaded guilty for their roles in a streak of environmentally motivated arsons by the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth …

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by Michael Sung

US Navy Capt. Keith J. Allred, the judge presiding over military commission proceedings against Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan Monday dismissed all charges against Hamdan, citing a lack of jurisdiction and echoing another judge's dismissal of charges against Canadian detainee Omar Khadr …

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