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Legal news from Tuesday, February 10, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

US Solicitor General nominee Elena Kagan said Tuesday that she was committed to being "true to the rule of law" in confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kagan, currently the Dean at Harvard Law School, said that if confirmed she would do "everything in her power to live up to" the …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) urged the US District Court for the District of Columbia Monday to refrain from addressing the definition of an enemy combatant, an exercise which the DOJ argues could force the Court to unnecessarily decide the scope of the President's military detention authority over prisoners at Guantanamo Bay …

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by Devin Montgomery

Italian lawmakers have said they still plan to vote on legislation that would make it a crime to remove a feeding tube from a comatose patient, despite the death Monday of Eluana Englaro, the woman whose case gave rise to the bill. Following the announcement of the death …

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by Safiya Boucaud

US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Monday called for a South Africa-style truth commission to investigate controversial actions by the George W. Bush administration, including justifications for the Iraq war, the treatment of military detainees, and the warrantless wiretapping program. Speaking at Georgetown University, Leahy said there was a …

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by Jay Carmella

A special panel of federal judges tentatively ruled on Monday that California must reduce its prison population in order to relieve overcrowding. Based on the evidence presented, the panel concluded that overcrowding has resulted in the state's failure to deliver constitutionally-adequate mental and physical health care to inmates. The panel found that a release order is the …

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by Andrew Morgan

An Albania Supreme Court judge was shot four times outside his home in the capital Tirana, according to local police Monday. Ardian Nuni, a former law professor nominated to the high court in 2007, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries to his shoulder and leg. The attack, which took place over the weekend, was described by …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Mexican government published a law Monday that will create a database of mobile phone users in the country, including vital information and fingerprints, once it takes effect in April. The law, published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, amends certain provisions of the Federal Telecommunications Act, and was passed …

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by Jay Carmella

Wu Shu-Chen, the wife of former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of money-laundering and forgery, but denied charges that she embezzled from the presidential state affairs fund. Wu claims the money was a political donation, and was not for personal use or bribery. Tuesday marked Wu's first …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US financier Bernard Madoff consented to a partial judgment with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Monday over civil charges brought by the SEC to obtain a preliminary injunction and asset freeze against him. According to the SEC, the agreement will continue the previously imposed preliminary injunction, but in consenting …

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