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Legal news from Monday, August 4, 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

Florida House of Representatives Speaker Marco Rubio announced on Monday that the House will join the state of Florida in defending a challenge to a law [CS/CS/SB 1310 materials] requiring travel agencies booking flights to Cuba to post a bond ten times greater than that of other agencies. Proponents of the law state that it …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Monday that a former Temple University sexual harassment policy was unconstitutionally broad and violated the freedom of expression of graduate student Christian DeJohn. DeJohn submitted his complaint against the university in February 2006, alleging that the school's policy had …

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by Devin Montgomery

Iraqi law makers Monday reached an agreement to temporarily divide control of Kirkuk among the city's ethnic groups, as part of a compromise bill providing for provincial elections in the city. Control of Kirkuk has been major point of contention, with Kurdish members of the country's parliament demanding a referendum allowing city residents …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A judge for the Supreme Court of the Philippines Monday enjoined government agents from signing a peace agreement with rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which would have granted expanded boundaries to the country's southern Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The Government of the Republic of …

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by Devin Montgomery

JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic  said on Sunday that the country will fully cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to find and arrest Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic , two war crimes suspects still wanted by the court after the arrest …

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by Deirdre Jurand

US Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have introduced a bill [S. 3401 summary, PDF; press release] designed to establish a procedure for all habeas corpus petitions made by Guantanamo detainees. The Enemy Combatant Detention Review Act of 2008 responds to recently raised concerns by US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

JURIST and University of Pittsburgh School of Law Dean Mary Crossley invite JURIST readers in New York City to join us Friday, August 8 at 5 PM at The Paley Center (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio], 25 West 52nd St., for a reception held in conjunction with the American Bar Association's 2008 Annual Meeting. The event is …

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by Devin Montgomery

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher Sunday called on the government of Sri Lanka to provide better human rights protections as it fights separatist rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Speaking at a …

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