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Legal news from Wednesday, August 20, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Officials for Iraq's Human Rights Ministry have said that they plan to prosecute those suspected of torturing inmates of the country's prison system, according to a Wednesday report. The country signed on to the UN's Convention Against Torture on Sunday, but has not yet explicitly prohibited the practice. Prosecutors say they will find a way to …

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by Devin Montgomery

Indonesian Attorney General Hendarman Supandji announced Wednesday that the men convicted of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings will not be executed until after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which the death penalty is not implemented. Supandji said that he could not approve the executions because he has not yet received certification from …

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by Devin Montgomery

Iran has executed a man for a stabbing he committed while still a minor, according Wednesday reports from local media. The execution is said to violate the terms of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, to which Iran is a signatory, but officials for the country argue that it and similar executions are allowed because …

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by Devin Montgomery

The City of New York agreed to pay approximately $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by protesters who had claimed they had been illegally arrested, according to Tuesday statements made by the city's Law Department. In April 2003, city police arrested anti-war protesters while they were holding a demonstration outside the offices of military …

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by Nick Fiske

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled on Tuesday that existing US Food and Drug Association (FDA) regulations do not preempt a New Jersey woman's state claim that she was poisoned by the mercury in canned tuna. The suit alleges that Tri-Union, producers of Chicken-of-the-Sea brand tuna, failed …

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by Devin Montgomery

Jury selection began Tuesday in the the trial of a former US Marine who faces voluntary manslaughter charges  for alleged involvement in the deaths of four Iraqi civilians in 2004. Sergeant Jose Nazario cannot face trial by court-martial because he is no longer in the military, and is therefore being tried under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday vacated a 2006 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule prohibiting state and local governments from monitoring air pollution below acceptable levels set by the EPA for "stationary" sources such as power plants and factories. The court wrote that …

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by Nick Fiske

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a California public school district's policy that parents may only observe their disabled children in the classroom for twenty minutes in order to evaluate the school's proposed education plan. The parents of a student (L.M.) with autism filed suit after the …

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