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Legal news from Wednesday, May 20, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

Authorities in Myanmar on Wednesday granted 39 foreign diplomats and journalists limited access to the trial of pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi met briefly with representatives of Thailand, the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Russia, the current president of the UN Security Council [official …

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by Christian Ehret

Spain's Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish parliament, passed a non-binding resolution Tuesday aimed at limiting the exercise of universal jurisdiction over foreign nations in Spanish courts to those cases in which there is no current domestic investigation underway and where there exists a clear connection to Spain. The requisite connection to …

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by Christian Ehret

A US military judge on Tuesday granted a government motion to postpone hearings for Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi. Chief judge for military commissions Colonel James Pohl granted the government's motion for a continuance until September 24, 2009, reasoning that such a delay will permit the government to …

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by Andrew Morgan

Members of the US Senate on Tuesday voted 90-6 to approve an amendment eliminating $80 million from pending legislation intended to fund the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Introduced by Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and co-sponsored by five Republican senators, the …

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by Christian Ehret

A council for the European Union (EU) on Tuesday said that Turkey should do more in terms of judicial reform, protection of citizens' rights, and various other efforts in order to further their request to be granted accession to the EU. The 47th meeting of the EC-Turkey Association Council was held in …

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by Andrew Morgan

A judge in the US District Court of New Jersey dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday brought by the Constitutional Litigation Clinic at the Rutgers School of Law alleging that former president George W. Bush violated Congress's constitutional power [Article I § 8 text] to declare war by initiating a preemptive war against …

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by Eszter Bardi

Disgraced Democratic Party fundraiser Norman Hsu was convicted Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on charges of violating the Federal Elections Campaign Act (FECA). Hsu was accused of making illegal campaign contributions in other peoples' names in violation of the FECA. According to the indictment [text; …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Colombian Senate on Tuesday approved a proposal to hold a referendum on amending the country's constitution to allow for a third presidential term. Passed by a vote of 62-5, the measure would allow current two-term Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to seek a third presidential …

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by Christian Ehret

Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday on the limits of detaining terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay who are not actual members of terrorist groups under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), rejecting the Obama administration's "substantial support" standard. …

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by Brian Jackson

The Israeli High Court of Justice on Tuesday ordered the government to fund non-Orthodox conversion institutions. The decision, handed down by a three-judge panel, breaks the monopoly that Orthodox conversion institutions hold over public conversion funding. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism applauded the decision, with Associate Director Mark …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Senate on Tuesday voted 90-5 to pass the Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights. Among the provisions included in the bill are restrictions on retroactive interest rate increases, a mandatory 45-day notice for all proposed interest rate increases, and a requirement that credit card companies mail a billing statement to the …

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