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Legal news from Thursday, April 24, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The upper house of the Austrian parliament Thursday voted 151-27 to approve the EU reform treaty, formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon. The treaty now goes to Austrian President Heinz Fischer for signature. Also Thursday, the Danish national parliament …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Myanmar voters will be permitted to observe ballot counting in a scheduled May national referendum on a draft constitution put forth by the country's ruling junta, according to Thursday state media reports. Government officials said that this would ensure that the referendum was fair, but opposition groups like the National League for Democracy (NLD) …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Officials from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) said Thursday that the court expects to complete an investigation into former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, by July. In a statement, the court said:Indeed, the [Co-Investigating Judges] intend to notify the parties …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Indonesian police Thursday arrested a fourth man suspected of involvement in February assassination attempts against East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. Last week, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that police had arrested three other suspects in the attacks. Last month, another suspect in the assassination attempt surrendered to East …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Supreme Court of Taiwan Thursday upheld a December 2007 ruling by the Taiwan High Court acquitting Taiwanese President-elect Ma Ying-jeou on graft charges. Prosecutors had filed an appeal of the High Court decision, asking the Supreme Court to clarify the legality of the Taiwanese system that allows high-ranking …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The German Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, voted 515-58 Thursday to approve the EU reform treaty, formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon. The upper house is expected to ratify the treaty next month. Leaders from the 27 countries that make up the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Georgia court has scheduled the execution of a convicted killer after the US Supreme Court last week upheld Kentucky's lethal injection protocol, ending a de facto national moratorium on the death penalty. William Earl Lynd, who was convicted of the 1988 murder of his girlfriend, is scheduled to be executed during on May 6, …

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by Jaime Jansen

The High Court in London ruled Thursday that the British Treasury Department may not freeze the assets of suspected terrorists without going through Parliament first. Five UK terror suspects who had their assets frozen pursuant to two Orders in Council, the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 and the Al Qaeda and Taliban …

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by Jaime Jansen

Former White House advisor Karl Rove was allegedly involved in a 2004 scheme to have Chicago-based US Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald fired, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. According to the prosecutor, a witness at the corruption trial of political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko will testify that Rove, Rezko and Republican national committee …

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by Jaime Jansen

The trial of former Saddam Hussein-era Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and six others will begin next week, an Iraqi judicial official said Wednesday. The seven former officials face charges related to the 1992 execution of 42 merchants accused by Hussein's government of causing a sharp increase in food prices at a time when …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A federal judge has ruled that a school district in Louisiana must stop allowing the distribution of Bibles in schools, saying that the distribution is "a religious activity without a secular purpose" in violation of the First Amendment. The Tangipahoa Parish School System allowed The Gideons International to visit one of the district's schools to …

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