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Legal news from Monday, November 3, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in the case of Wyeth v. Levine, in which the court will consider whether the drug labeling requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act preempt state products liability laws. A state jury initially found …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss Armed Forces on Monday began their second annual Senior Workshop on International Rules Governing Military Operations (SWIRMO), designed this year to teach senior military officials from 51 countries how to apply the rules of war during military training and conflict. The two-week …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has rejected a release request by former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan. Samphan is charged with crimes against humanity for his involvement in the regime's alleged genocide of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement Monday renewed their demands for the reinstatement of all superior court judges dismissed last November 3 following then-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule, and threatened more anti-government protests if their demands are not met. At a mass rally of lawyers in Rawalpindi …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The Indonesian Supreme Court on Monday rejected last-minute appeals filed by relatives of the three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, with a judge saying the men had exhausted their rights of appeal. Lawyers for the three convicted members of the southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases Monday. In District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the Court will consider whether a defendant has the right, under 42 U.S.C. 1983 or the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to obtain postconviction access to the state’s …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A US military commission jury has convicted alleged al Qaeda media director Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul of conspiring with al Qaeda, soliciting murder, and providing material support for terrorism. The jury reached a verdict on Friday, but it was not unsealed until Monday morning, when al Bahlul was present in …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday ordered a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney to make herself available to be deposed in a case over preservation of vice presidential records. A Washington DC advocacy group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) [advocacy …

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