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Legal news from Monday, June 2, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

The judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa have filed a complaint with the country's judicial disciplinary body, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), alleging that the top judge in the Cape High Court unconstitutionally attempting to influence Constitutional Court judges in a pending corruption case against African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A proposed anti-terror bill that would allow British law enforcement authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days should not be passed as it could set a bad precedent for other countries, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights said during a BBC Radio 4 interview Monday. …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A federal judge in the US District Court for the Central District of California Monday sentenced leading class-action securities lawyer Melvyn Weiss to 30 months in prison and ordered him to pay over $10 million in fines and forfeitures. The former Milberg Weiss partner pleaded guilty in April to one count of …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The UN's new Universal Periodic Review has made great strides in protecting human rights but still has far to go, departing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in her last address to the UN Human Rights Council Monday. Despite gains in safeguarding rights, Arbour noted that …

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by David Frueh

Australian advocacy group International Criminal Court Action (ICCACTION) sent a brief to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Friday requesting charges be laid against former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for war crimes in connection with his deployment of Australian troops to support the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. The brief alleges Howard committed crimes …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A federal judge in California subpoenaed a Washington Times reporter Saturday, ordering him to reveal the government sources he used for a 2006 story about a Chinese spy ring. Defense and national security reporter William Gertz cited unnamed US government sources in a May 2006 story, which reported that Justice Department officials had approved new charges …

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by David Frueh

Several Russian gay rights activists were arrested by police in Moscow Sunday for holding events commemorating the 1993 law that put an end to government prosecution for homosexual activity in Russia. For the third consecutive year, Moscow Pride held events around the city to elude officials attempting to enforce a local ban on gay pride parades [JURIST …

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by Deirdre Jurand

US federal authorities are prosecuting significantly more illegal immigrants than in past years, at least partly because of a 2005 zero-tolerance initiative allowing agents to charge almost all illegal immigrants with minor crimes, according to a report released May 22 by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Monthly immigration prosecutions based on February 2008 …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The US Supreme Court handed down three decisions Monday, including United States v. Santos, where the Court held 7-2 that the term "proceeds" in a federal money laundering statute means "profits" and not "receipts." Santos had successfully collaterally attacked his conviction under the statute because the government did …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US has held terror detainees on roving prison ships in an effort to hide them from media scrutiny and legal watchdogs, UK prison rights group Reprieve alleged Monday. According to Reprieve, it is suspected that the USS Bataan, the USS Peleliu and at least 15 other ships have housed detainees, though it …

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by Deirdre Jurand

An Iranian court has sentenced a man to one year in prison after police arrested him last year for collecting signatures in a Tehran park in support of women's rights, his lawyer said Sunday. Amir Yaghoub-Ali, a twenty-two year-old student, was found guilty on May 25 of endangering national security and …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Swiss voters Sunday rejected by roughly 64-36 percent a referendum initiative that would have allowed municipalities control over granting Swiss passports without the possibility of appeal for applicants. The Swiss Supreme Court found in 2003 that a similar policy was unconstitutional for being …

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