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Legal news from Tuesday, December 23, 2008
by Caitlin Price

The Albanian Parliament on Monday adopted a law banning former members and affiliates of the nation's Communist-era secret police force from holding public office. The so-called lustration law will employ a 5-person commission to screen from political candidacy all associates of the Sigurimi secret service during Albania's Communist regime from November …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald Tuesday asked the Illinois House of Representatives to limit its impeachment inquiry into Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and avoid looking into the criminal charges against him. Fitzgerald warned that an inquiry into the criminal charges could hamper the investigation. The impeachment committee, which has agreed to …

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by Caitlin Price

One of the West Bank's largest Israeli settlements is an "unauthorized outpost," according to a report released Monday by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem. The report examined Ofra, a settlement in eastern Jerusalem established in 1975, and drew from a 2005 Israeli government-commissioned study of Jewish settlements on …

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by Catherine

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) Monday upheld a law that passengers must be compensated if a flight is canceled without "extraordinary circumstances." The law, passed in 2004 by the Council of the European Union, established common rules regarding compensation and assistance to passengers for canceled …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland said Tuesday that the government will reform anti-terrorism legislation in accordance with the recommendations of a report into the case of Dr. Mohammad Haneef which concluded that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) had no evidence to detain him. Haneef was arrested …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Human Rights First Monday filed an amicus curiae brief requesting a stay of military commission proceedings against five Guantanamo Bay detainees, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks, until President-elect Barack Obama takes office in January. The …

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by Catherine

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday appointed a new judge to the Supreme Court of Canada to fill an eight-month vacancy, bypassing public parliamentary hearings established in 2006 and blaming the move on opposition obstruction. Public hearings for the vacancy now being filled by Justice Thomas Cromwell, previously of the Nova Scotia …

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