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Legal news from Monday, May 12, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Israeli police Monday raided the offices of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as part of an investigation into allegations that Olmert accepted bribes from an American businessman during his tenures as mayor of Jerusalem and as Israeli Minister of Industry Trade and Labor. The businessman, Morris Talansky, was questioned Monday, but denied wrongdoing during an …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The US Supreme Court granted limited certiorari Monday in Bell v. Kelly (07-1223) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], where it will consider whether the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals erred when, in conflict with decisions of the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, it applied the deferential standard of 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d), reserved for claims …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Iraqi Council of Ministers has amended the General Amnesty Law to exclude prisoners who have committed certain types of serious crimes, an Iraqi government official said Sunday. The legislature passed the amnesty law in February as part of the Maliki government's reconciliation effort. The bill was aimed at reducing the prison population by …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

An internal military probe Monday cleared members of the Australian Defence Force of allegations that they mistreated four Taliban members detained following the death of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan last November. The investigation also cleared soldiers of any wrongdoing in connection with civilian deaths during the November battle, but said that such deaths were …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The US Supreme Court Monday affirmed a judgment by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on an anti-apartheid claims lawsuit on the rare grounds that it lacked a quorum due to four recusals. Am. Isuzu Motors, Inc., et al. v. Ntsebeza, Lungisile, et al involved a huge class of …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Bolivian President Evo Morales signed a bill Monday authorizing a recall election to be held on August 10, in which Morales and Bolivia's nine governors must win both more votes and a larger share of total votes cast in the 2005 election in order to keep their seats. If Morales or the nine governors fail …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), one of the two main parties in Pakistan's coalition government, is leaving the coalition after prolonged talks in London failed to produce an agreement on the reinstatement of judges ousted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf last year, ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-N party leader said Monday. The PML-N had …

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by Joshua Pantesco

An estimated 200-300 detainees held by Afghan authorities at the Afghan-controlled men's prison in Kandahar who went on hunger strike last week protesting the slow nature of the Afghanistan judicial system ended their action Monday after a visit by Afghan lawmakers who said their cases would be reviewed by new judges. The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim called Monday for the prosecution of public officials involved in a judicial fixing scandal, one week after government officials ended their investigation into a video allegedly showing prominent lawyer VK Lingam brokering the appointment of the former Chief Justice of Malaysia to the Supreme Court. …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Gonzalez v. United States that allowing a magistrate judge to oversee jury selection does not deprive a criminal defendant of the right to a jury trial and complies with the Federal Magistrates Act. The holding affirmed a judgment of the US …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Persons suspected of involvement in the 2005 Andijan uprising that resulted in a massacre of unarmed civilians are still being mistreated according to a new Human Rights Watch report released Monday. Uzbek President Islam Karimov has been criticized for his treatment of anti-government elements since the 2005 crackdown. …

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by Abigail Salisbury

A court-martial was ordered Sunday for Alaa "Alex" Mohammad Ali, a dual Iraqi-Canadian citizen working as a translator in Iraq. Accused of having committed aggravated assault in February in connection with the stabbing death of another contractor, he is the first civilian charged by the military since a 2006 amendment to the Uniform Code …

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