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Legal news from Tuesday, July 8, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg Tuesday signed an agreement allowing the US to install ballistic missile radar systems in the Czech Republic, prompting an immediate Russian threat of a "military-technical" response if the deal is implemented. The two signatories worked out most of the details [joint …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The upper house of the Dutch parliament voted 50-15 Tuesday to approve the EU reform treaty, formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon. Last month, Netherlands Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said that he would press on with ratification, even after Irish voters rejected the treaty in a …

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by Devin Montgomery

An en-banc panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Wednesday released a ruling granting broad deference to the National Forest Service (NFS) when making decisions regarding the impact of logging on national forests. The ruling comes in a case brought by environmental groups Lands Council and the Wild West …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Department of Health and Human Services Monday hosted a discussion with genetic scientists, advocates and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genome mapping companies Navigenics, DeCode Genetics, and 23andMe to discuss regulatory concerns. DTC genetic testing allows members of the public to obtain genetic data about themselves, usually to look for potential health risks, but does not …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Genocide suspects held at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will now be able to receive conjugal visits, court officials said Saturday. Court spokesman Roland Amoussouga said that the new policy would bring the court's practices more in line with those of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which has allowed …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

An apparent assassination attempt against Palestinian Authority Attorney General Ahmed al-Moghani failed in the West Bank town of Ramallah Tuesday when a bomb placed in his car exploded as he stood several feet away. Al-Moghani was not injured in the blast. It is not yet clear who was responsible for the attack, but Palestinian security forces …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US President George W. Bush called on Congress Tuesday to reject amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that would deny telecom companies retroactive immunity for participating in the NSA warrantless surveillance program. In a letter sent to Senate Majority leader Harry Reid on Monday, Director …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Tuesday ruled that the government can require convicts to receive injections of anti-psychotic medication as a condition of their supervised release. Philip Holman repeatedly failed to abide by a condition of his supervised release that required him to take oral anti-psychotic drugs. A federal court in …

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by Andrew Gilmore

EU justice ministers agreed to a draft immigration and asylum proposal Tuesday during an informal meeting held ahead of the official Wednesday summit in Cannes, France. The draft policy is aimed at standardizing EU nations' approach to immigration and asylum, as set out in the work programme circulated by the French EU Presidency late last …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled 8-1 Tuesday that a June cabinet communique supporting the establishment of a World Heritage site on the countries' shared border was unconstitutional. In June, Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama signed the Thai-Cambodian Joint Communique, indicating Thai support for the Cambodian bid to have the 900-year-old Preah …

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by Devin Montgomery

A US group co-chaired by former Secretaries of State James Baker and Warren Christopher [group's leadership profiles] released a report [PDF text; NYT op-ed] Tuesday calling for a new law requiring the president to consult with Congress before going to war. Called the National War Powers Commission, the group said the 1973 War Powers Resolution …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A Moscow court Monday rejected an attempt by relatives of Polish victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre to renew investigations into the killings. The government of Mikhail Gorbachev admitted in 1990 that Josef Stalin had personally ordered the secret police to carry out the killings. Russia had previously blamed the …

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by Devin Montgomery

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Tuesday calling on the Saudi government to institute new legal protections for the country's estimated 1.5 million domestic workers. The group said that migrant domestic workers have fewer protections than those in other occupations, and are specifically excluded from the country's 2005 Labor …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra went on trial for corruption Tuesday in the Thai Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions. In March, Thaksin pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from a 2003 land purchase his wife, Pojamarn, made from a government-directed institution despite a …

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