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Legal news from Monday, March 31, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Two Tajikistani men have admitted to killing Russian journalist Ilyas Shurpayev, Tajikistani Interior Ministry officials said Monday. Shurpayev, a correspondent for Russia's state-run Channel One, was found dead in his Moscow apartment earlier this month with stab wounds and a belt around his neck when firefighters responded to a fire, apparently …

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by David Frueh

A US Department of Justice spokesman said Monday that the department would continue to press its bribery case against Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) despite the US Supreme Court's refusal to review an appeals court ruling that held the FBI's conduct during an 18-hour raid on Jefferson's congressional offices was unconstitutional. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Negotiations on a new international treaty to combat global warming [EPA materials; NRDC Q&A; JURIST news archive] began Monday in Bangkok. The week-long negotiations, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), are intended to establish an agenda for the negotiation of a new agreement to replace the expiring Kyoto …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Greek Ministry of Justice has agreed to establish a working group to analyze the potential impact of recognizing same-sex civil marriages in Greece, according to Monday media reports. The move comes after the Greek National Commission for Human Rights proposed legislation to allow same-sex marriage in the country. RIA Novosti …

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by David Frueh

Three Norwegian men indicted in September for shooting at an Oslo synagogue and planning attacks against US and Israeli embassies went on trial in Oslo Monday under strengthened anti-terrorism laws. This is the first time that suspects will be tried under the country's new terror laws, which were passed in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks …

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by Alexis Unkovic

New Jersey US District Judge Robert Kugler Monday sentenced Albanian Kosovar refugee Agron Abdullahu, one of the six men arrested in May for plotting an attack on New Jersey's Fort Dix, to 20 months in prison. In October 2007, Abdullahu pleaded guilty to charges of "conspiring to provide firearms and ammunition" [press …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A gag order precluding former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks from speaking to the media expired on Sunday, but Hicks is reportedly "not interested at the moment" in speaking publicly about his detention. Hicks had agreed not to speak publicly before March 30, 2008 about his detention as a condition of his release from …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Department of Defense Monday charged Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani with several terrorism-related counts under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 stemming from his alleged involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. The charges include providing …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Chadian President Idriss Deby Monday officially pardoned six French aid workers convicted in Chad in December of attempting to kidnap 103 African children. The six were handed over to French custody in December to serve their sentences. Chad's Higher Judicial Council on Friday recommended that Deby pardon …

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by Caitlin Price

EULEX Kosovo head Yves de Kermabon said Monday that a 1,800-strong European Union police and justice mission in Kosovo will go forward even in Serbian-controlled areas, despite reservations from some EU member states. Spain's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Monday that the country will not send personnel to the mission until the …

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by Caitlin Price

The Constitutional Court of Turkey voted 11-0 Monday to hear a bid to disband the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), days after a warning by the EU Enlargement Commissioner that an AKP ban could have serious ramifications for Turkey's bid to join the European Union. …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The US Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear two cases involving the First Amendment Monday, including Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (07-665) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether a private, religious group can donate a monument for display in a public park. Specifically, the Court must …

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by Caitlin Price

Zimbabwean Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa and Public Affairs Minister Chen Chimutengwende were confirmed ousted Monday as returns came in from Saturday's general elections in the country, but other election results continue to be delayed, according to media reports. Zimbabwe opposition parties renewed allegations that the government had rigged the local, senate, assembly and presidential …

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by Joshua Pantesco

US Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. unveiled a plan to overhaul the nation's financial regulatory system and merge key federal administrative agencies in remarks at a press conference in Washington Monday. The executive summary of the Treasury's Blueprint for a Modernized Financial Regulatory Structure described the initiative as presentinga series …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that New Jersey and Delaware have "overlapping authority" to control "extraordinary" construction projects along the Delaware River. The Court's decision came in New Jersey v. Delaware, where the Court revisited the century-old water boundary dispute between the two states. New Jersey filed a …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The draft constitution of Myanmar, slated to be put before the country's citizens in a May referendum, contains a provision reserving 25 percent of parliamentary seats for the military, and another provision that will effectively prevent pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from seeking the presidency …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, who was released from virtual house arrest last week on the orders of recently-elected Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, returned to his hometown of Quetta on Monday for the first of a series of trips and speeches to build support for the reinstatement of superior …

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