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Legal news from Saturday, November 3, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf defended his decision to suspend the country's constitution and impose emergency rule in a nationwide radio and television address [recorded audio in Urdu; English-language paraphrase from Geo-TV] delivered late Saturday local time. Musharraf said the step had been "painful" but because of an ongoing clash between the government and the judiciary …

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by Howard Kline

US President George W. Bush praised attorney general nominee Micheal Mukasey in his weekly radio address on Saturday, predicting that the former federal judge would be confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. Bush specifically defended Mukasey's stance on waterboarding, saying that because "the program" was classified, Mukasey was …

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by Devin Montgomery

US State Department officials Saturday expressed concern and skepticism about Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's decision to declare emergency rule in Pakistan and suspend the country's constitution in a move largely designed to thwart an increasingly activist Pakistani judiciary. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a press statement:The United States is deeply disturbed by …

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by Patrick Porter

A Canadian-based filmmaker accused of intending to spread propaganda will face a secret trial in Iran on November 17, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported Saturday. Mehrnoushe Solouki holds dual French and Iranian nationality and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). She has been in Iran since December 2006 with …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistan state television announced Saturday that President Pervez Musharraf has appointed a new chief justice for the Supreme Court of Pakistan after dismissing Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in the wake of suspending the country's constitution and declaring emergency rule earlier in the day. Media reports said Chaudhry had been told …

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by Nick Fiske

The Venezuelan National Assembly on Friday approved by 160-7 a set of proposed amendments to the country's constitution, including reforms that would eliminate presidential term limits and augment the president's emergency powers. The proposed amendments passed a preliminary vote in the Assembly in August; all of the constitutional reforms will be …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistan's Supreme Court Saturday rejected a declaration of emergency rule issued by President Pervez Musharraf earlier in the day after paramilitary troops and police blocked off the Supreme Court building with the judges still inside. Musharraf made the declaration and suspended the constitution as the country anticipated a ruling …

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by Nick Fiske

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Parental Consent Act, a state law requiring parental consent before pregnant teens under the age of 17 can have an abortion, violates the teens' constitutional right to privacy. Writing for the majority in a 3-2 decision, Chief Justice Dana Fabe said:The State's asserted interest in …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Yahoo! General Counsel Michael Callahan apologized to members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Friday for failing to clarify his testimony before the committee regarding Yahoo's involvement in providing information to the Chinese government about Shi Tao, who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for divulging state secrets abroad. Callahan testified during …

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