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Legal news from Tuesday, October 2, 2007
by Leslie Schulman

Legal advisers to the 27 countries belonging to the European Union (EU) agreed Tuesday that the proposed EU Reform Treaty is ready for approval. The new treaty, which will replace the failed EU constitution, will be the topic of discussion at a meeting in Luxembourg on October 15, and could …

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by Leslie Schulman

Canadian Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson Tuesday said that he intends to introduce legislation to criminalize identity theft and assist law enforcement officials in apprehending criminals before they can use stolen identities to commit fraud. Currently, Canada's Criminal Code criminalizes identity fraud, impersonation, and forgery, but does not cover preliminary …

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by Leslie Schulman

Founder and chief executive of Blackwater USA Erik Prince testified in a hearing Tuesday before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that employees of his security firm have "distinguished records" and have never intentionally killed civilians. His testimony came one day after the FBI announced that …

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by Caitlin Price

Pakistan agreed Tuesday to drop pending corruption charges against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, permitting Bhutto to enter the country for talks between her Pakistani People's Party and President Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf is seeking Bhutto's endorsement as he faces a controversial re-election October 6. Bhutto left the country …

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by Caitlin Price

Israel released 29 Palestinian detainees and returned them to Gaza Tuesday, adding to Monday's return of 57 prisoners to the West Bank for a total of 86 prisoners released this week. The releases are meant as a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of a meeting …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Kimbrough v. United States, 06-6330, in which the Court considered whether a district judge, in seeking to impose a sentence that is "sufficient but not greater than necessary," should have discretion to sentence a defendant to a …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The South African Constitutional Court Tuesday dismissed the final appeal of businessman Schabir Shaik, a former business associate of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who was seeking to have his 2005 conviction for fraud and corruption overturned. The court found no merit in Shaik's allegations …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Jack Landman Goldsmith, former head of the US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and now a Harvard Law School professor, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that he "could not find the legal support for" portions of the Bush Administration's controversial domestic surveillance program during …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Director of Administration of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC), the court established to try former Khmer Rouge leaders, agreed late Monday to make public the text of a controversial audit of the ECCC's human resources practices. The audit was authorized by the United Nations Development …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said Monday that he plans to disband the Ecuadorean congress and rewrite the country's constitution. Correa's statement comes only a day after unofficial results in the Constitutional Assembly elections indicated a landslide victory for his leftist coalition. Correa plans to push for a constitution …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the US District for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that the National Archives cannot rely on an executive order by President George W. Bush that permits former presidents and vice-presidents to delay the release of administration records. Executive Order 13,233, issued by Bush in …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Former US Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Ivan "Chip" Frederick was released on parole Monday from a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was incarcerated for three years after pleading guilty to abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib detention facility in Iraq. Frederick pleaded guilty to five charges of abusing …

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by Michael Sung

Lawyers representing the opposition Pakistani Peoples Party filed new petitions at the Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday challenging President Pervez Musharraf's bid to run for another term in office. The opposition members argue that the Election Commission of Pakistan should not have formally accepted Musharraf's nomination as a presidential candidate because …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California extended a temporary restraining order Monday blocking the implementation of a new US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations intended to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain US employment. The stricter rules, announced in August and …

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by Jaime Jansen

UN special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari met with opposition leader and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi and with top Myanmar military leader Senior General Than Shwe during separate meetings Tuesday to discuss the rising political crisis in Myanmar, according to reports from foreign diplomats. Suu Kyi was released from house arrest [JURIST …

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by Jaime Jansen

London's Metropolitan Police Service mistakenly killed Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes ' because of a flawed plan to carry out an anti-terrorism operation after the July 21 London transit bombing attempts in 2005, prosecutor Clare Montgomery argued during opening statements Monday in the trial of the London police for breaches of health …

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by Jaime Jansen

Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr asked the US Court of Military Commission Review Monday to reconsider last month's decision reinstating charges against Khadr. In June, military judge Col. Peter Brownback dropped terrorism charges against Khadr, ruling that the court had no jurisdiction because a …

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