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Legal news from Sunday, February 8, 2009
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[JURIST] The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [establishment order, PDF] on Sunday set a Feb. 19 trial date for the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoes at former US President George W. Bush. The court allowed the charge of assaulting a foreign leader, punishable by up to 15 [read more]

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[JURIST] Bolivia's new constitution [PDF text, in Spanish], which gives more power to the country's indigenous majority, went into effect on Saturday. Announcing the event, President Evo Morales [official website, BBC profile] said it represented a new beginning [press release, in Spanish] for the country, and an earlier release [text, [read more]

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[JURIST] Thousands of Venezuelans gathered Saturday in Caracas and other cities to protest a proposed constitutional amendment [text, in Spanish] that would eliminate presidential term limits in the country. The amendment, which would allow President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to seek re-election in 2012, was passed [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge in New Jersey granted a divorce [ACLU-NJ press release] Friday to a lesbian couple married in Canada. Speaking from the bench, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson said her decision was in harmony with the state's tradition [AP report] of recognizing valid marriages performed outside the state, but [read more]

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