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Legal news from Wednesday, November 14, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Nations that support the use of the death penalty Wednesday criticized a UN draft resolution to impose a world-wide moratorium on the capital punishment. The UN Human Rights Committee is scheduled to vote on the resolution Thursday; if it passes, it will go to the full General Assembly later this year. …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Philadelphia judge ruled that Wednesday that Wal-mart Inc. must pay attorney fees and other costs for a class of Wal-Mart employees that had brought suit against the retail giant for denying them payment for work done during rest breaks. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein awarded the employees …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Lawyers for the Pakistani government Wednesday urged the reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan to validate General Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency. In court papers filed in response to a challenge petition brought earlier this week, counsel for Musharraf argued that the petition was itself illegal under the Provisional Constitution Order of November 3 which …

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by Caitlin Price

The Court of Appeal of Paris Wednesday approved the transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect Dominique Ntawukuriryayo to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The former public official was arrested in France last month. He has been charged with genocide, complicity in genocide and direct and public incitement …

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by Caitlin Price

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee was convicted by a Tunisian court Wednesday on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization. Abdullah al-Hajji Ben Amor was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was convicted in absentia on the same charges in Tunisia in 1995, five years after he had left the country, according to …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday agreed to a $30 million settlement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges against Chevron in connection with the oil company's alleged involvement in a scheme to exchange illegal payments to Iraqi officials under the now-defunct UN Oil-for-Food program. …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The Pakistani government will provide pension and other benefits to Supreme Court and High Court judges dismissed from their positions in the wake of the November 3 declaration of emergency rule, independent station Geo-TV reported on its website Wednesday. Officials have decided that the judges who refused to take an oath under the new Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) …

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by Caitlin Price

The government of Iran has charged a former key nuclear negotiator with espionage, the state news agency IRNA reported Wednesday. Hossein Mousavian was arrested in May on suspicions that he passed classified information to the British embassy and other foreigners. Mousavian is closely allied with former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the US Navy's use of high-powered sonar should be limited during training exercises in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The Court vacated its earlier stay on a temporary injunction preventing the Navy's use of the high-powered …

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by Lisl Brunner

The Supreme Court of Chile affirmed seven convictions and overturned one on Tuesday in cases involving murders committed by state agents during the 1973-90 regime of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Former Air Force General Freddy Ruiz Bunger and six former members of the Joint Command, a special police force, received suspended …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

US State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard Wednesday testified before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and denied allegations that he politicized the Inspector General's Office by obstructing inquiries that could harm the Bush administration. The allegations brought against Krongard include claims that he blocked investigations …

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by Brett Murphy

The Georgian Republic will end its national state of emergency this Friday, Georgian Speaker of Parliament Nino Burdzhanadze said Wednesday. Burdzhanadze made the announcement on behalf of the government in a televised statement after the US called on Georgia to end emergency rule. After several days of protests, Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli announced a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US House of Representatives passed legislation by voice vote Tuesday that would ban federal prosecutors from threatening to prosecute corporations for refusing to turn over information protected by attorney-client privilege. The Attorney-Client Privilege Act of 2007 would bar prosecutors from demanding that a corporation waive its attorney-client privilege and from considering …

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by Brett Murphy

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told AP Wednesday that he expects to give up his position as army chief by the end of the month. Opposition groups had challenged Musharraf's eligibility to run for re-election as president while he still served as head of the army. The Supreme Court of Pakistan was on the brink of deciding the …

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by Brett Murphy

Iranian prosecutors issued court summonses Tuesday for five Argentinians accused of falsely implicating an Iranian group with masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center. The five accused - former Interior Minister Carlos Corach, president of the bombed community center Ruben Beraja, judge Juan Jose Galeano, and prosecutors Eamon Mullen and Jose Barbaccia - …

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by Brett Murphy

New US Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey was installed during a ceremony at the Justice Department Wednesday in front of hundreds of officials and DOJ lawyers. Although officially sworn-in last Friday, Mukasey again took the oath of office in an installation ceremony led by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Addressing …

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by Brett Murphy

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that the educational separation of Roma children in the Czech Republic violates principles of human rights. By a vote of 13-4, the court held that the separation amounts to racial discrimination in violation of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, finding …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility has reopened an investigation into the administration's domestic surveillance program after recently being granted the necessary security clearances previously denied to DOJ investigators, OPR chief H. Marshall Jarrett said in a Tuesday letter to US Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY). The internal investigation into …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday approved the language of an anti-abortion group's proposed ballot initiative that would amend the Colorado constitution to define a fertilized egg as a "person" entitled to "inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law" under the state constitution. The group, Colorado for Equal Rights for …

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by Natalie Hrubos

An FBI investigation has concluded that private security personnel in Iraq shot and killed 14 Iraqi civilians without justification during a September 16 incident in Baghdad, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The investigators found that many as five Blackwater USA guards fired on civilians during the shootings, which killed …

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