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Legal news from Thursday, December 11, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

Ireland has agreed to hold a second referendum on the European Union reform pact known as the Treaty of Lisbon, according to draft materials circulated by the French government ahead of a meeting of EU government leaders in Brussels Thursday. France holds the European Union Presidency through the end of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told CNN Thursday that she would go before the Illinois Supreme Court to have Governor Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he did not resign or get impeached by the state legislature. Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Vice President of the European Commission Responsible for Justice, Freedom, and Security Jacques Barrot on Wednesday reported that European Union (EU) governments are violating people's right to travel freely among the EU member states. Directive 2004/38/EC gives nationals of EU member states the right to move and reside freely among any of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Brazilian Supreme Court on Wednesday indicated that they will rule in favor of indigenous groups in a land dispute, but postponed a final decision on the case. Eight of 11 judges voted in favor of evicting a group of non-indigenous farmers from an Amazonian reservation, but the case was postponed when one …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Luis Amado on Wednesday sent a letter to European Union (EU) foreign ministers urging EU members to take in any detainees released from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Amado said that Portugal would be willing to take in detainees, and that other …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Security Council on Wednesday added the name of a Pakistani charity seen as a front for the group being blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks to its list of entities subject to asset freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo as a terrorist organization. At the urging of the Indian government [JURIST …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Executions in the US are at a 14-year low and the number of death sentences has dropped 60 percent since the 1990s, according to a report released Thursday by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), a non-profit organization that opposes the death penalty. There were 37 executions in 2008 with no …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

UN and Cambodian government officials said Wednesday in a statement issued after a series of high-level meetings that they needed to address ongoing problems facing the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in its efforts to try former Khmer Rouge officials suspected of crimes against humanity by "enhancing its human resources management, …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The Guantanamo military commission trial of Afghan detainee Mohammed Jawad that had been scheduled to start in early January was delayed indefinitely Wednesday by order of a military judge. US Army Col. Stephen Henley postponed the proceeding to give prosecutors more time to appeal a ruling denying admissibility of evidence Henley had previously found …

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by Jake Oresick

Spanish National Court Judge Ismael Moreno Wednesday asked the Spanish Foreign Ministry for a certified copy of a 2002 internal government memorandum detailing a US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) request to use Spanish resources in aiding CIA extraordinary rendition flights. Moreno said that after reviewing the memo [AP …

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by Jake Oresick

Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Wednesday asked the office of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo for additional materials supporting its request for arrest warrants for rebel leaders in Sudan’s Darfur region. Pre-Trial Chamber I has given Moreno-Ocampo's office until January 26 to produce supplemental information …

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