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Legal news from Saturday, December 1, 2007
by Devin Montgomery

Two major Pakistani lawyers' groups are pressing efforts to encourage a boycott of the country's January 8 general elections, Pakistan's Post daily reported Saturday. Joining ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry's call for opposition political parties to boycott the elections, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SBCA) and the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) lauded Friday's …

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by Patrick Porter

Linda Lay, widow of former Enron chairman Ken Lay, formally rejected a US government claim to his assets in court papers filed Friday. In an answer to the government's civil suit against the Enron founder's estate, Linda Lay maintained her husband did not commit any crimes and that none of the $12.7 …

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by Howard Kline

President Bush urged Congress in his weekly radio address Saturday to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in time to replace the temporary Protect America Act [S-1927 materials; JURIST report], set to expire February 1. That Act currently allows the US government to eavesdrop inside of the US without court approval …

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by Patrick Porter

The Pakistani government offered to reinstate all superior court judges sacked under emergency rule except for ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry but the deposed judges rejected the proposal, according to a report in the Pakistani Nation daily Saturday. The Nation said Peshawar High Court Bar Association President Abdul Latif Afridi revealed the failed compromise at …

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by Nick Fiske

US military judge Col. Peter Brownback has issued a blanket order protecting the identities of prosecution witnesses in the military commission trial of Omar Khadr, the New York Times reported Saturday. The order, originally rendered on October 15, was contained within previously unavailable commission documents that were only recently released …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Three United Nations human rights experts joined together Friday to voice their distress over the effect planned constitutional reforms in Venezuela may have on civil liberties and the rule of law in the country. Ambeyi Ligabo, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of opinion and expression; Hina Jilani, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders; and Leandro …

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by Nick Fiske

Seven countries on Friday committed to new efforts to protect journalists and their crews in armed conflicts following the conclusion of a meeting in Switzerland of the 194 signatories of the Geneva Conventions. The 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement focused in part on the role of international humanitarian law in protecting …

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by Steve Czajkowski

US District Judge James Cacheris of the Eastern District of Virginia Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging measures adopted by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors that required local police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of breaking the law and removed access to many public services for illegal …

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