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Legal news from Tuesday, October 30, 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

AT&T and the US Department of Justice reached a consent decree Tuesday under which the telecommunications giant agreed to sell assets in seven rural US markets in exchange for DOJ approval of AT&T's acquisition of Dobson Communications Corp. and the withdrawal of the DOJ's lawsuit seeking to block the merger. The …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to a convicted murderer on Mississippi's death row Tuesday, pending the Court's decision on whether to grant certiorari in the case. Earl Wesley Berry was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night; his was the third stay granted by the justices since they agreed last …

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by Devin Montgomery

US Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey wrote in a letter to Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that he did not know if waterboarding was illegal, and that it would be "irresponsible" of him to provide a legal opinion on any specific interrogation technique without an in depth …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The accumulated evidence against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra may be insufficient to compel the United Kingdom to extradite the ousted prime minister on corruption charges, according to Chief Prosecutor for Foreign Litigation Sampan Sarathana as reported in the Bangkok Post Tuesday. Saranthana travelled to London earlier this month to discuss what evidence would be …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A Bangladesh special tribunal sentenced former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar to 10 years in jail Tuesday for illegal possession of firearms. Babar, who served as home minister until October 2006, was found guilty of illegally possessing two pistols, a revolver and ammunition. The court officially sentenced him to a total of 17 years, but he will serve his 10-year …

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by Caitlin Price

The military junta in Myanmar has released six more dissidents held in the wake of a late summer crackdown against protesters and political opponents, the pro-democracy National League for Democracy (NLD) said Tuesday. Three members of the NLD, headed by the long-detained Aung San Suu Kyi, were among those released. Five …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in United States v. Williams, 06-694, to determine whether part of the federal anti-child abuse PROTECT Act of 2003 is unconstitutional for criminalizing speech protected by the First Amendment. Critics have challenged the law for creating criminal …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Department of State does not have the authority to "immunize an individual from federal criminal prosecution," State Department spokesperson Sean McCormack said at a daily press briefing Tuesday, correcting an AP report Monday citing anonymous sources as saying the State Department had granted "immunity" from prosecution to bodyguards working for private …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Canadian government lawyers plan to ask a judge to take the reportedly unprecedented step of approving the installation of closed-circuit video cameras in the home of Mahmoud Jaballah, one of the so-called Secret Trial Five subject to security certificates allowing for their detention without charge and possible deportation. Jaballah spent nearly eight years in jail …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Thailand's cabinet voted Tuesday to lift martial law in 221 of the country's 400 districts where it is still in force, according to Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Council Thawil Pliensri. Martial law will remain in effect in 179 districts because of security concerns regarding drug trafficking and illegal immigration. The Thai military imposed martial …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Prosecutors for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday appealed the sentences imposed on war crimes convicts Mile Mrksic and Veselin Sljivancanin, who were convicted in connection with the killings of over 200 Croatian prisoners of war near Vukovar in 1991. The tribunal found …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Iraqi cabinet Tuesday approved a draft law that would strip foreign security contractors of immunity from Iraqi prosecution granted under Order 17 passed by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). The draft law now goes to the Iraqi parliament. According to government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh as quoted by Reuters, the legislation also requires …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Supreme Court of Pakistan heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge against the September 10 deportation of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia. Pakistani authorities arrested Sharif on corruption and money laundering charges and then expelled him shortly after he arrived in the country on a flight from London despite …

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by Michael Sung

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DJP) Tuesday failed to reach a consensus on new anti-terror legislation necessary to extend Japan's support mission for US operations in the Indian Ocean. The LDP had urged the approval of the proposed legislation, which would limit Japan to providing refueling support to allied …

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by Michael Sung

The Constitutional Court of Indonesia rejected an appeal by five convicted drug smugglers against the death penalty Tuesday, ruling that capital punishment did not violate the Indonesian constitution. Lawyers representing the five had argued that the death penalty violated the defendant's constitutional right to life.The drug smugglers, including three Australians and two Indonesian nationals, were all …

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by Michael Sung

Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz temporarily suspended a government plan to cut electricity to the Palestinian Gaza Strip Monday, pending legal challenges from several human rights groups in the Israeli Supreme Court. The human rights groups allege that the Israeli government's plan to restrict energy supples in Gaza constituted collective punishment …

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by Jaime Jansen

China has arrested 774 people in a crackdown on the production of substandard products, officials said Monday. The Chinese General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) conducted 626 criminal investigations into the manufacture and sale of fake or poor quality food, medicine and agricultural products between August and October. China came under fire …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Eleven plaintiffs, including the R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) have sued the US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) to prevent a rule change that would allow Canadian cattle over 30 months old and beef products from such cattle to be imported into the country starting Nov. 19. The lawsuit, filed in the US District …

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by Jaime Jansen

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin called on the US in a report released Monday to quickly prosecute or release terror suspects detained at Guantanamo Bay so that the US can close the detention center. Scheinin paid an official visit to the United States in May after receiving …

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by Jaime Jansen

A judge in Chad has approved kidnapping charges against six French nationals after French charity Zoe's Arc tried to fly 103 children believed to be orphans from the embattled Darfur region of Sudan to France, Chadean officials said Tuesday. If found guilty the six accused could face up …

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