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Legal news from Tuesday, December 4, 2007
by Josh Camson

Pakistani police acting at the direction of what one official called "higher ups" arrested two American human rights activists in Lahore Tuesday, according to AP. Medea Benjamin and Tighe Barry are members of the US-based human rights group Global Exchange and the women's peace group CODEPINK and were protesting emergency rule, the dismissal of the …

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by Josh Camson

The sentencing of convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla will be delayed until January, according to US federal court officials cited by AP Tuesday. Sentencing hearings that were due to begin this week were rescheduled due to a death in the family of US District Judge Marcia Cooke. Padilla was convicted in August along with …

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by Patrick Porter

A Bangladesh court sentenced four university professors Tuesday for participating in anti-government student protests that took place in August. Police inspector Mahbub Siddiqui told AFP that the academics were found guilty of breaking emergency laws banning protests and all gatherings. Each received a two-year jail sentence. All four professors were from Rajshahi University …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Snyder v. Louisiana, 06-10119, where it considered whether a prosecutor improperly excluded all black potential jurors from serving on a jury in a murder case because of their race. During the sentencing phase of Allen Snyder's trial, the prosecutor …

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by Patrick Porter

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said Tuesday that Pennsylvania and several other states will file lawsuits against tobacco company RJ Reynolds for violating an agreement not to use cartoon characters to advertise tobacco products. A press release from Corbett's office said the suits are in response to a multi-page ad for Camel cigarettes in …

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by Jaime Jansen

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin will attend military commission hearings at Guantanamo Bay beginning Wednesday, according to a statement by Scheinin on Tuesday. Scheinin said that the United States invited him to attend hearings as a follow up to an earlier visit to Guantanamo in May. Scheinin …

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by Jaime Jansen

Twenty-six ethnic Indians have been charged with attempted murder in connection with anti-discrimination demonstrations in Malaysia last month, a lawyer for the defendants said Tuesday. All 26 suspects pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder during a clash with police at a temple compound outside of Kuala Lumpur. The defendants' lawyer told AP …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court handed down unanimous decisions in two cases Tuesday, including Logan v. US where the Court held a defendant's misdemeanor convictions that did not result in him losing civil rights nonetheless allow a longer sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). Under the …

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by Jaime Jansen

The New Jersey Senate Budget Committee Monday voted 8-4 to pass a bill designed to replace capital punishment with life in prison, paving the way for New Jersey to abolish the death penalty all together. The New Jersey Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill next week, and …

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by Jaime Jansen

US House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has asked US Attorney General Michael Mukasey to help the committee obtain transcripts of interviews with US President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and five White House aides from the criminal investigation into the Valerie Plame leak scandal, according to Monday …

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by Jaime Jansen

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday encouraged all nations involved in the International Criminal Court (ICC) to help arrest Sudanese and Ugandan crimes against humanity suspects. The ICC has executed arrest warrants for seven men who have not yet been taken into custody - two Sudanese men accused of crimes against humanity for actions …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Catholic Diocese of Davenport has agreed to settle 156 clergy sex abuse claims for $37 million, paving the way for the diocese to emerge from bankruptcy. The Davenport, Iowa diocese filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, and a settlement agreement became a requirement of filing for reorganization in the US Bankruptcy Court …

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