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Legal news from Thursday, May 22, 2008
by Allyson Amster

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced Thursday that her office intends to launch a court challenge to last week's listing of the polar bear on the US endangered species list. The suit will be filed in US District Court in Washington and will argue that science shows that polar bears do not need to be protected. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The government of Pakistan reached an agreement with Taliban-linked Islamic militants in the Pakistani North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) area of Swat to implement Islamic Sharia law in the area, according to statements attributed to the militants. Under the agreement, the Pakistani army will withdraw troops from the Swat region and will not …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Accused Rwanda war crimes suspect Michel Bagaragaza was transferred from the Hague back to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania Wednesday after a Dutch court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to try his case. In August 2007, the ICTR revoked [JURIST …

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by Patrick Porter

The ban on cluster bombs currently being considered at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions could impede humanitarian efforts by discouraging cooperation with non-signatories, a US State Department official said in a press briefing Wednesday. US Acting Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Stephen D. Mull said that the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 10-9 Wednesday to overturn a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that rejected California's request for a waiver allowing the state to impose stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks. Bill sponsor Barbara Boxer (D-CA) [personal …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The European Parliament Wednesday adopted new rules to criminalize acts that cause serious environmental damage. Among the offenses which could now receive criminal sanctions are the illegal disposal of radioactive substances, waste management practices that harm the environment, and the slaughter or trafficking of protected plants and animals. Under the measure, each …

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by Patrick Porter

An attempt by the US House of Representatives to override a presidential veto of the new Farm Bill delayed late Wednesday when it was found that a section of the bill had been inadvertently left out of the version originally sent to President George W. Bush for signature. Bill supporters said they plan to …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Drug companies are harming consumers by using "pay-for-delay" legal agreements to keep cheaper generic prescription drugs off the market, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The report compares legal documents submitted to the FTC by drug manufacturers in fiscal year 2007 with those submitted since fiscal …

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by Patrick Porter

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the US military cannot dismiss a soldier on the basis of sexual orientation alone, departing from the reasoning used to defeat similar cases in the past. The court's holding may signal a significant new challenge to the military's long-standing "Don't Ask, …

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