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Legal news from Thursday, September 27, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

US Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) said Thursday that he would fight subpoenas issued by the US Department of Justice for documents, including legislative records, relating to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Doolittle's lawyer said that the Justice Department had overstepped its authority in demanding the documents, noting that the Constitution forbids the …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Thursday handed down judgments on war crimes suspects Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic and Veselin Sljivancanin, who were accused of killing some 200 Croatian POWs at a pig farm near Vukovar in 1991. The court found Mrksic guilty …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Senate approved an amendment to the 2008 Senate Defense Reauthorization Bill by unanimous voice vote Thursday that would expand federal hate crimes legislation. Among its provisions, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 broadens the definition of a hate crime to include violent attacks against people …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Russia's top prosecutor has denied a move by a descendant of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II to have the Romanovs declared "political victims," Russia's RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanov, a Spanish resident, was attempting to obtain an order from the Russian Prosecutor General's Office that the Romanov's 1918 execution …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Thursday upheld a 2005 lower court ruling acquitting two Kosovo Albanians and convicting one other for their alleged actions at a prison camp run by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during its open rebellion against Serbian forces in 1998. The ICTY …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Lawyers representing twelve members of the US House of Representatives who were subpoenaed last month in the criminal trial of a defense contractor charged with bribing former US Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham filed motions in the Southern District of California Wednesday seeking to have the subpoenas quashed. Lawyers for Brent Wilkes, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Pakistan police closed off the capital of Islamabad on Thursday to prevent protesters from rallying against President Musharraf's bid for a second five-year term in office. Pakistani lawyers had threatened earlier in the week to defy a government ban on gatherings of more than five people to protest Musharraf's candidacy, which they call illegitimate as Musharraf also serves as …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe devoted much of his address to the 62nd UN General Assembly on Wednesday to attacking the human rights record of US President George W. Bush. Mugabe was responding to Bush's address, where Bush called Mugabe's government a "tyrannical regime" that has "cracked down on peaceful calls for reform, and …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Myanmar police arrested dozens of Buddhist monks during dawn raids on two monasteries Thursday, one day after police opened fire on anti-government protesters, killing at least eight and arresting over 300. Also Thursday, police again fired shots near crowds of protesters, killing one person. It is unclear whether the shots were aimed at or above …

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by Brett Murphy

Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INP) has begun officially publishing a list of public officials who worked with or were spied on by the country's Communist-era secret police as part of ongoing efforts to reconcile Poland's pre-1989 Communist heritage. Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and President Lech Kaczynski were both listed Tuesday as officials who …

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by Brett Murphy

The US federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) said Wednesday that it will reshelve all religious material taken from prison chapel libraries originally determined to fall outside of the agency's approved list of materials. The BOP made the decision to temporarily end the Standardized Chapel Library Project in light of growing criticism from a wide spectrum of religious …

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