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Legal news from Saturday, March 8, 2008
by Nick Fiske

The military government of Myanmar on Saturday rejected a suggestion by UN special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari that the upcoming May referendum on a new constitution for the country be observed by independent monitors. The government also declined an offer of UN technical support during the vote. Gambari argued …

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by Nick Fiske

Chinese prosecutors plan to proceed to trial against human rights activist Hu Jia and the trial could begin within a month, a defense lawyer for Hu said Saturday. Hu was formally charged last month with inciting subversion of state power after he made public letters and recordings from Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng alleging that Gao was tortured …

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by Alexis Unkovic

China's Supreme People's Court overturned 15 percent of death sentences imposed by lower courts during 2007, the president of the Supreme Court's criminal law chamber said in a Saturday China News report. Huang Ermei also said that 2007 was the first year in which fewer prisoners were executed outright than those granted "death penalties …

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by Nick Fiske

Bolivia's National Electoral Court on Friday blocked a national referendum on the country's new draft constitution which was to take place on May 4. The new constitution, supported by Bolivian President Evo Morales, was passed by the Bolivian Constitutional Assembly on December 10, …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address Saturday that he has vetoed an intelligence funding bill that would restrict CIA interrogators to using only interrogation techniques explicitly authorized by the 2006 Army Field Manual. Though the US Senate approved the measure on February 13, it failed to …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia on Friday held former USA Today reporter Toni Locy in contempt of court and ordered her to personally pay a daily fine for continuing to violate an August 2007 order to testify about government sources who provided information about former …

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