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Legal news from Friday, February 15, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

Protests broke out in the Gaza Strip, Pakistan, and Denmark Friday over the reprinting of a cartoon depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammad by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Poste. Thousands marched and chanted in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the Gaza strip, while hundreds protested in Pakistan by burning Danish flags and demanding the removal of …

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by Eric Firkel

US President George W. Bush Friday chided the US House of Representatives for failing to pass the FISA Amendments Act before leaving for a 12-day recess, saying that the US would be in greater danger of an attack when the temporary Protect America Act expires on Saturday. The …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Thousands of interrogations of suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been videotaped, according to a report released Thursday by professors and students at Seton Hall University School of Law. The report cites internal US military reports that say that more than 24,000 interrogations took place at Guantanamo over a three-year period …

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by Patrick Porter

Australian Aborigine groups said Friday they are preparing lawsuits in response to an offical apology delivered Wednesday by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in an address to Parliament, publicly accepting responsibility for the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal people under the "laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments." Between 30 and 40 lawsuits will …

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by Patrick Porter

The Russian Supreme Court Friday rejected for the second time an appeal by former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov to reinstate his candidacy in the Russian presidential election to be held next month. The court previously rejected an appeal by Kasyanov last week after a one-day hearing.In January, …

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by Patrick Porter

US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred has ruled that lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan can send written questions to Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other alleged high-level al Qaeda detainees. Hamdan's lawyers hope that the interviewed detainees will testify that Hamdan was not involved with the USS Cole or …

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by Jaime Jansen

East Timor's attorney general said Friday that 12 arrest warrants have been issued for suspects in this week's attacks against East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, but did not release the names of the suspects. Attorney General Longuinhos Monteiro also said that five additional warrants will be issued. Horta was critically wounded …

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by Jaime Jansen

Any unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo from Serbia will be "invalid and void," Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic said Thursday, hours before the UN Security Council was scheduled to discuss the possibility of Kosovar secession. Kosovo, the UN protectorate now dominated by ethnic Albanians which is still technically …

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by Jaime Jansen

US President George W. Bush said in a BBC interview Thursday that he will veto an intelligence funding bill that would restrict CIA interrogators to using only interrogation techniques explicitly authorized by the 2006 Army Field Manual. Bush said that:The reason I'm vetoing the bill - first of all, we have said that …

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by Jaime Jansen

The European Commission plans to introduce a proposal to extend copyright protection for music performers from 50 to 95 years, Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy announced Thursday. The proposal will ensure greater protections for "session musicians" who recorded music in the late 1950s and will soon lose their royalty income from radio play …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Bush administration filed a petition for certiorari with the US Supreme Court Thursday in the case of Gates v. Bismullah, seeking to limit the information it must provide to courts in cases involving Guantanamo Bay detainees classified as "enemy combatants." Last July, a three-judge panel of the US …

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by Jaime Jansen

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling by a federal district court to vacate the conviction of former Enron CFO Kevin Howard. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore had vacated Howard's conviction in light of an August 2006 opinion …

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