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Legal news from Friday, November 21, 2008
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The Nebraska state senate voted Friday to amend its controversial 'safe haven' law, which allows parents to abandon their children at certain locations without fear of prosecution. Friday's amendments reduce the age at which children can be abandoned from 18 years and under to 30 days and under. The bill advanced …

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by Ximena Marinero

Mexican authorities on Thursday detained former Assistant Attorney General Noe Ramirez, one-time head of Mexico's anti-drug operation in the Assistant Attorney General’s Office Specializing in Organized Crime (SIEDO), accusing him of receiving monthly payments of $450,000 from the Pacifico drug cartel in exchange for confidential information regarding government anti-drug enforcement efforts. Attorney General Eduardo Medina determined that …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Uruguayan Parliament on Thursday failed to override the presidential veto of a bill that would have decriminalized abortion. In the special meeting of the General Assembly, Uruguayan representatives and senators failed to achieve the requisite three-fifths majority in each house to override a veto by President Tabare Vazquez. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) may have withheld information from the US Department of Justice and other agencies regarding a plane carrying a US missionary family shot down over Peru in 2001, according to excerpts released Thursday from a classified report by the CIA Inspector General dated August 25. The plane was shot down by …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Sweden's parliament on Thursday approved the European Union (EU) reform charter known as the Treaty of Lisbon by a wide margin. There were 243 votes for, 39 against, and 67 absent or abstaining votes. The vote made Sweden the 24th member of the EU to ratify the measure.The …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed a district court decision that individuals cannot sue school districts to seek specific enforcement for provisions listed in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA). The Newark Parents Association brought a lawsuit against the Newark Public …

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by Jay Carmella

The California Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the residency requirements associated with Proposition 83 amount to additional punishment for sex offenders. Proposition 83, or Jessica's Law, prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park where children regularly gather. The court did …

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by Steve Czajkowski

President of the Global Justice Center Janet Benshoof said Thursday that judges who participated in the trials and convictions of 60 political activists in Myanmar last week are co-conspirators of crimes against humanity and should be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In a statement, …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Private security contractors operating in Iraq will no longer be able to claim immunity from Iraqi laws under the new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the Iraqi government, Bush administration officials said in a briefing for security firms Thursday. US and non-Iraqi contractors had been immune to prosecution under Iraqi law since …

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by Devin Montgomery

Russia's State Duma Friday approved amendments to the Russian Constitution that would extend presidential terms [Article 81(1) text] from four to six years and terms for Duma members [Article 96(1) text] from four to five years. The measure, which passed 392-57, was framed by supporters as a way to provide political …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed Thursday evening during a speech to the Federalist Society. Mukasey was rushed to George Washington University Hospital, where he remained Friday morning. Peter Carr, spokesperson for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement early Friday, …

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by Devin Montgomery

UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Manfred Nowak said Thursday that European countries should grant asylum to Guantanamo detainees who are eligible for release, but who risk persecution if returned to their home countries. Nowak called on the countries to accept the estimated 50-60 …

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by Devin Montgomery

Prosecutors for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) met Thursday with Rwandan prosecutor general Martin Ngoga to discuss the possible future transfer of cases from the ICTR to Rwandan courts. In a decision by the court earlier this week again denying the transfer of genocide suspect Jean-Baptiste …

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