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Legal news from Thursday, April 2, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

The US House of Representatives passed a bill [H.R. 1256 text, PDF] Thursday that would give the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the market for tobacco products. The bill, entitled the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, passed in the House by a vote of 298-112. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Thursday that three detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan can proceed with habeas corpus challenges to their detention. The court's order rejects three of four motions brought by the US government to …

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by Benjamin Hackman

China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced  Wednesday that it would conduct a review of its prison system in response to the deaths of at least five inmates since February. The suspicious deaths include  the death of two minors, the death on an inmate which guards attributed to a "nightmare," and the fatal beating of …

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by Andrew Morgan

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has asked Lebanese authorities to turn over documents related to the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a court order released Wednesday. The STL, established under UN Security Council Resolution 1757 to investigate and try suspects in …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Twenty members of the Japanese parliament, the National Diet, formed a nonpartisan group Wednesday in order to delay the implementation of a lay judge system in the country. The group has concerns over rules governing disclosure and trial duration, along with the belief that the members of public will not be prepared make decisions in serious …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US House of Representatives approved a bill [H.R. 1664 materials] Wednesday which allows the Treasury Department to ban certain types of compensation at companies which receive federal bailout money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The Pay for Performance Act of 2009, which was originally introduced by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), …

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by Ximena Marinero

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that Venezuela would be willing to accept detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. Chavez made his statements in an interview with Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera while attending the Second Summit of Arab-South American Countries in …

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