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Legal news from Wednesday, August 29, 2007
by Leslie Schulman

Lawyers for the North Carolina Medical Board argued in court Wednesday that a lawsuit filed against them earlier this year by the North Carolina State Department of Corrections was filed prematurely and should be dismissed. The lawsuit alleges that recent medical board policy changes preventing doctors' participation in lethal injections impede the corrections …

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by Leslie Schulman

A widespread strike by UK prison guards Wednesday ended the same day after the Prison Officers' Association (POA) agreed to negotiate new pay terms with the government this coming Friday. The surprise strike, which began with a full walkout of staff members early on Wednesday morning, affected all 129 prisons in England and Wales, causing …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Several lawyers' groups and legislators Wednesday filed a challenge against the Human Security Act 2007 with the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The act, signed in March by President Gloria Arroyo, authorizes the 72-hour detention of suspects without charge and allows for surveillance, wiretapping and seizure of assets. Critics of the legislation say …

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by Leslie Schulman

Russian prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a Russian officer accused of fatally beating a conscript. Cpl. Vadim Kalinin was charged with inflicting "deliberate bodily harm resulting in death" on Russian conscript Pvt. Sergei Sinkonen after Sinkonen's death Monday from injuries. Prosecutors allege that Kalinin and Capt. Viktor Bal, currently under investigation but has not yet been charged …

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by Michael Sung

Hezbollah is organizing lawsuits against Israel seeking reparations for damage caused during the summer 2006 Lebanon conflict. Hezbollah legal affairs director Ibrahim Awada told Syrian media last week that Hezbollah will pay legal fees to facilitate lawsuits filed by Lebanese citizens with multiple-citizenships in third-party states. Hezbollah says the move …

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by Michael Sung

UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband Tuesday rejected calls for a general referendum on the proposed EU Reform Treaty, instead insisting that the treaty is "different...in absolute essence" from the earlier draft European Constitution that would have been put to a popular vote [JURIST …

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by Brett Murphy

Sudan has failed to cooperate with the arrests of two suspects wanted for allegedly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Tuesday. Moreno-Ocampo told the UN News Centre that Sudan's decision to allow one of the suspects, Ahmad Muhammad Harun, to remain as Minister …

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by Brett Murphy

Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Khek Iev, also known as Duch, has appealed his pre-trial detention, Duch's lawyers said Wednesday. Lawyers filed the appeal last week asking that Duch be released on bail, but have declined to comment further on the filing. Duch has admitted to overseeing the notorious S-21 prison and has indicated that …

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by Brett Murphy

US Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan was reprimanded Wednesday following his conviction earlier this week for disobeying an order not to discuss the investigation into allegations of abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. The military jury followed the prosecution's recommendation of a reprimand and determined that Jordan should not …

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by Brett Murphy

The Supreme Court of Chile put the question of whether to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori on hold Tuesday as the court could not come to an agreement on further action in the case. Supreme Court President Alberto Chaigneau said that the case was very complex, and that the court had only reviewed …

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by Brett Murphy

The Supreme Court of Chile on Tuesday upheld the life sentence for former National Intelligence Centre (CNI) director General Hugo Salas Wenzel for his involvement in the murder of 12 suspected opposition members in 1987. The sentence is the most serious handed down by a Chilean court for crimes committed during the reign of former …

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by Brett Murphy

The White House has compiled a list of the top five candidates to replace US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as head of the Department of Justice, an anonymous White House official told AP Tuesday. According to the official, the Bush administration has spoken with over 20 congressional leaders on both sides of the party …

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by Brett Murphy

The Court of Appeal for Ontario on Tuesday overturned the 1959 guilty verdict against Steven Truscott for the rape and murder of 12-year-old Lynne Harper. Last year, the Canadian appeals court heard new evidence suggesting that the death very likely may have occurred much later then prosecutors originally argued, when Truscott, then 14, was in …

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