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Legal news from Wednesday, October 1, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

The trial of former Yugoslav army chief of staff and general Momcilo Perisic, was delayed indefinitely Wednesday as there was a procedural glitch in the naming of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Perisic was indicted before by ICTY in 2005 on charges [indictment, …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to reconsider last term's decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana, holding that Louisiana could not impose the death penalty for the rape of a child. The court voted 7-2 to reject federal and state prosecutors' petitions for rehearing of the case. …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday implemented regulations denying hospitals payment for treating conditions caused by some common medical errors. Those regulations, announced last year, contain a so-called "never list" of preventable conditions for which hospitals may bill neither Medicare nor patients, including certain hospital-acquired …

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by Joe Shaulis

A US district judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) seeking damages for the injuries and deaths of US citizens in attacks in Israel. District Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York rejected …

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by Caitlin Price

The Canadian Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) decided Tuesday to move forward with a public hearing investigating the country's military detainee transfer process in Afghanistan despite a move from the Canadian Department of Justice to block the inquiry. MPCC Chair Peter A. Tinsley, issuing the decision pursuant to the National Defence …

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by Caitlin Price

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday pushed for the adoption of sweeping anti-graft legislation while opening the first meeting of the newly-established Anti-Corruption Council. Deflecting rumors that the legislation had stalled after the Russian conflict with Georgia, Medvedev described the urgency of …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Judge Philip M. Pro of the US District Court for the District of Nevada issued an order Tuesday granting a plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and invalidating Nevada's so-called County Population Rule [NRS 295.012 text] as unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by …

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by Caitlin Price

Vietnamese journalists Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre news agency and Nguyen Viet Chien of Thanh Nien news agency have been charged with "abusing freedom and democracy" and will face up to seven years in prison if convicted at trial next month in the Hanoi People's Court, state media outlets reported Tuesday. The …

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by Joe Shaulis

Absentee voting began Tuesday in Ohio after the Ohio Supreme Court and two federal district courts rejected Republican Party challenges to an Ohio secretary of state directive. By a 4-3 vote, the state Supreme Court on Monday upheld an interpretation of Ohio election statutes by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner [official …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) joined with Lawyers Without Borders and six other international legal organizations on Tuesday to call for the return of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, in the latest attempt to return Khadr to his native Canada to face charges under Canadian law. In a statement [PDF …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Retired Quebec Justice John Gomery, the head of the now-concluded judicial inquiry into the federal sponsorship scandal, told the Canadian Club of Montreal Monday that he played no role in Friday's move by the Canadian Conservative party government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to appeal two Federal Court …

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