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Legal news from Monday, October 27, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

Officials from Nigeria and from US pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Monday that they hope to reach a settlement agreement by the end of next month over allegedly illegal clinical trials conducted in Nigeria by the drug company in 1996. The national government and the state of Kano filed separate lawsuits in 2007 accusing Pfizer of …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Mexican Assistant Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibanez, head of Mexico's Assistant Prosecutors Office Specializing in Organized Crime (SIEDO), said Monday a branch of a Mexican drug cartel had infiltrated her office. Following SIEDO's 'Operation Cleaning,' Miguel Colorado Gonzales, Fernado Rivera Hernadez, Jorge Alberto Zavala, Antonio Mejia Robles, and at least one other federal investigator (all from SIEDO) …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Monday in his annual report to UN member states that he wants North Korea to return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty after a five-year absence, during which it tested a nuclear device. His statement comes less than two weeks after …

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by Christian Ehret

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled on Monday that current state laws regarding sex offenders are unconstitutional as applied to homeless people. The ruling was in response to the appeal of William James Santos, a homeless sex offender indicted for failing to register a new address as required by the Official Code of Georgia section …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

UK Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw Monday called for a 'rebalancing of criminal justice priorities' amidst outrage expressed at newly released Ministry of Justice figures showing a sharp rise in the number of children born to female inmates. The Independent reported that according to …

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by Jake Oresick

A pending California ballot initiative to eliminate same-sex marriage in the state has generated more than $60 million in contributions to committees representing both sides as of Saturday, a figure believed to be a US record. Proposition 8, which would amend the state constitution to limit marriage to heterosexual couples, requires a simple …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic and Albanian state prosecutor Ina Rama met Monday to discuss allegations of organ trafficking in Kosovo. Former Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Carla Del Ponte alleged last spring in a new book on her time at the tribunal …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Alleged al Qaeda propagandist Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul went on trial Monday before a military commission at the Guantanamo Bay prison. Al Bahlul is only the second detainee to go on trial in Guantanamo since it opened in 2002. He attended the initial proceeding Monday, but sat in silence. His appointed military …

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by Tarah Park

A Myanmar court sentenced six leading opposition activists to prison terms Friday in connection with their involvement in pro-democracy demonstrations during the abortive 2007 Saffron Revolution. All six are members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and each was sentenced to between two and 13 years, according to Nyan Win, a spokesman for the NLP. Senior …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) found the government of Niger liable Monday for failing to aid a young woman who was held in slavery for ten years. The West African court ruled under a 2003 law that made the ownership of slaves a criminal offense, and a provision …

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by Jay Carmella

A new regulation by the Israeli Ministry of the Interior would prevent illegal immigrants who had left the country returning again, the newspaper Ha'aretz reported Sunday. The regulation covering persons from a wide range of countries would subject persons entering illegally, leaving again and then attempting to re-enter again to a two year "cooling off …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Air Force is conducting an ethics investigation of Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann over allegations that he abused his power and inappropriately influenced the prosecution of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, military officials said Saturday. Hartmann was the legal advisor to the US military commissions [DOD …

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