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Legal news from Wednesday, March 19, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred has affirmed a prior ruling that lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan may send written questions to Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other alleged high-level al Qaeda detainees. In a Friday ruling made public Wednesday, Allred found that …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Kenya should not grant amnesty to anyone who committed human rights violations in the wake of December's disputed presidential election, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report offered nine recommendations for re-establishing stability in the country, …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Iraq's Presidency Council Wednesday withdrew its objections to a provincial elections law detailing the relationship between Iraq's central and local governments. In a statement issued Wednesday, the three-member Presidency Council, comprised of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi, and Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, indicated that the …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Chamber of Commerce v. Brown, 06-939, a case where the Court is reviewing the constitutionality of a 2000 California law that prohibits employers from using certain funds they receive from the state to influence …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US District Judge David Lawson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Tuesday dismissed with prejudice a constitutional challenge to Proposal 2, an amendment to the Michigan Constitution banning affirmative action in public employment, public education, and state contracting. The case was a consolidation of …

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by Brett Murphy

Italian Judge Oscar Magi on Wednesday ordered the continuation of the trial of 26 Americans and several former Italian intelligence officials for the 2003 abduction and rendition of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr. Magi suspended the trial in October pending a ruling from the Constitutional Court of …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US Magistrate Judge John Facciola Tuesday ordered the White House to explain why it should not be required to create forensic copies of all e-mails passed through computers in the Executive Office of the President between March 2003 to October 2005. In his order, Facciola referred to a January admission by the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Louisiana death sentence should be overturned because the trial judge "committed clear error" in ruling on the defendant's objection to a prosecution peremptory jury challenge, which the defendant argued was based on race. The ruling came in Snyder v. Louisiana, where …

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by Brett Murphy

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court on Wednesday placed an injunction on a federal law that gave the government the ability to access and collect Internet and telephone data. The law, which went into effect in January, allowed the government to collect information such as e-mail addresses, numbers dialed, and lengths of calls …

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by Brett Murphy

Lawyers for the current acting Fijian government argued in court Wednesday that the December military coup was legal because Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo had reserve powers that permitted the president to dismiss the government and appoint new leaders. Former Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase brought the lawsuit against the acting …

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by Brett Murphy

A lawyer representing a group of Illinois pharmacists asked the state supreme court Tuesday to strike down a 2005 emergency rule issued by Illinois Governor Rod Blogjevich which requires pharmacies to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, including emergency contraception. During oral arguments, the pharmacists' lawyer argued that the rule requires them to dispense drugs contrary to …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights has filed a complaint with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States, against Mexico, alleging that the Mexican government failed to adequately respond to the 1974 disappearance of guerrilla sympathizer Rosendo Radilla during Mexico's so-called …

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by Leslie Schulman

US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings Tuesday announced a new pilot program under the federal No Child Left Behind program that is aimed at narrowing statewide education reform to focus on schools most in need of "dramatic intervention":One thing we know for sure is that we must take dramatic action to …

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by Leslie Schulman

A US Marine sergeant was charged Tuesday with one count of murder and one count of dereliction of duty for his involvement in the shooting of a detained Iraqi insurgent during the Multinational National Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive in Fallujah. Sgt. Ryan Weemer, who was a corporal at the time …

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