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Legal news from Wednesday, April 30, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Top members of Pakistan's government coalition Wednesday failed to reach an agreement on restoring judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf last year after he declared emergency rule, but vowed to continue discussions Thursday. The two leading coalition parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People's Party, reportedly disagree on the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred Wednesday set down terms under which Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan can question suspected al Qaeda leaders currently in US custody at Guantanamo as part of his defense effort. Hamdan's defense team had asked for "two-way" communications to be allowed between Hamdan and several other detainees, …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

JURIST has been nominated in New York for a prestigious Webby Award as the best Law website of 2008, and with online polls for the Webby People's Voice competition closing late on Thursday, May 1, we hope you'll support JURIST and our staff of dedicated law students by voting for us! Here's how:1. Register to vote: click here; 2. …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A federal judge Wednesday set January 6, 2009 for the third terrorism prosecution of six men charged with conspiring to bomb the Sears Tower in Chicago and the FBI headquarters in Miami after two previous prosecutions ended in mistrials. Earlier this month, US District Judge Joan A. Lenard declared the second mistrial …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the city of New York against gun manufacturers, ruling that gun makers were immune from suit under a 2005 federal law that shields the firearms industry from civil lawsuits brought by cities, municipalities and victims of gun crimes. The …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Zimbabwean police have launched investigations into at least 100 cases of alleged fraud in the March 29 contested presidential election, officials said Wednesday. Police have arrested voters accused of voting multiple times in the election, as well as several Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials accused of accepting bribes to miscount votes in favor of Movement …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Wednesday vowed to push for the passage of a new anti-terror bill [BBC Q/A] that would allow British authorities to detain terror suspects up to 42 days without charge. Current law only authorizes detention without charge for 28 days, but bill proponents have argued that this time limit endangers national security. The …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A US military judge Wednesday rejected arguments that Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr was a child soldier when he was captured in Afghanistan and that the US military commission responsible for his trial lacks jurisdiction over the case. In a motion filed with US military judge Col. Peter Brownback in January, Khadr's lawyers had …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Australian government will introduce legislation to amend over 100 federal laws to remove discrimination against same-sex couples, Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland said Wednesday. The legislation, which will be introduced during the winter sitting of parliament and is expected to be implemented by mid-2009, will not allow same-sex marriages. Many of …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted Tuesday to restrict Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogators to techniques explicitly authorized by the military, approving a measure that would effectively prevent the CIA from using waterboarding during interrogations. The vote came during markup of a bill authorizing intelligence expenditures for the 2009 fiscal …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A New York appeals court has upheld a jury's finding that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was negligent in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center by Islamic radicals that killed six and injured 1,000. The jury found in 2003 that the Port Authority, which owned …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey voted Wednesday in favor of restricting the controversial Article 301 of the country's penal code, which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. Lawmakers voted 250-65 in favor of amending Article 301 by reducing the minimum sentence for denigrating Turkish identity …

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