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Legal news from Tuesday, July 22, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Executives from several Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and broadband internet service providers urged the US House of Representatives on Tuesday to pass HR 3914, a bill that would make it harder for companies to avoid Federal Communications Commission (FCC) anti-competitive practice rules. Under current rules, if a telecom company files …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Canadian Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) announced Monday that it appealed a Federal Court decision in which the Court found that certain notes, records and correspondence generated by government ministers and their staff are not subject to public access under the Access to Information Act. In Canada (Information Commissioner) v. Canada (National …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The China Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday that Chinese officials disagreed with and could challenge a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel report which states that the country illegally taxes and disfavors imported auto parts. The US, EU, and Canada submitted complaints in March, alleging that China was …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Monday in Alabama's Montgomery County Circuit Court, challenging an Alabama law that prevents some convicted felons from voting. A 2003 amendment to the state constitution says that felons convicted of "crimes of moral turpitude" are ineligible to vote, and specifies 15 qualifying crimes. …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Louisiana state prosecutors on Monday petitioned the US Supreme Court to reconsider its June decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana, where it found that imposing the death sentence for child rape where the victim was not killed constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The Court had noted in that ruling that very few states …

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by Devin Montgomery

A Serbian prosecutor said on Tuesday that the government plans to extradite Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic to the Hague to face an International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) war crimes indictment . Karadzic was originally indicted by the court in 1995, but had been in hiding under an assumed identity until his …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win has called for the newly-established Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of ASEAN member nations. The comments, made during a Monday meeting to organize the new ASEAN human rights committee, indicate that Myanmar may block attempts to give the new body …

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by Deirdre Jurand

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wrote in a letter Monday that his office would bring legal action within five days against Comcast Cable Communications unless the company agrees to block child pornography websites and strengthen its reporting requirements. Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint agreed to block access to the sites in …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Thai and Cambodian officials agreed Monday that neither country will use military force against the other in their dispute over the border area surrounding the Preah Vihear temple, over which both countries claim ownership. The meeting was designed to resolve the major border dispute issues, but the sides made no further agreements because Thai officials want to …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Navy Capt. Keith Allred, the judge presiding over the military commission trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, ruled Monday that Hamdan is not entitled to the protection against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution. In the same order, Allred also barred evidence obtained in Afghanistan immediately after Hamdan's capture …

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