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Legal news from Thursday, October 8, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-8 Thursday to approve legislation reauthorizing three provisions of the USA Patriot Act set to expire at the end of the year. The portions of the act to be renewed allow federal authorities to conduct "roving" wiretaps, compel the production of business, medical …

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by Andrew Morgan

The UN Security Council agreed Wednesday to reschedule October's meeting on the Middle East in order to discuss the final report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. The meeting was pushed forward at the request of Libyan diplomats, with the support of many Arab members. US Ambassador …

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by Brian Jackson

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan on Wednesday urged Kenya to establish a local tribunal to prosecute those who perpetrated violence in the wake of the 2007 presidential elections. Annan made the remarks at the end of a three-day visit to Kenya to monitor the progress of the peace agreement …

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by Brian Jackson

The Australian public wants legislative protections for human rights in their country, according to a government report released Wednesday by the Human Rights Consultation Committee. According to the report, Australians believe that their country adequately protects human rights, but that further protections could be extended to a number of vulnerable groups. Among those groups that require …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating IBM for allegations of antitrust violations stemming from their sales of mainframe computers, according to Wednesday media reports. Competitors allege that IBM is dominating the mainframe computer market by not allowing its operating systems to run on non-IBM mainframes. The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) [trade …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Senate Judiciary Committee was urged Wednesday to adopt measures to address recent Supreme Court decisions interpreting the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) expressed concern that protections put in place by the ADEA would be undermined by the Court's June decision in Gross …

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by Christian Ehret

Members of the Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Committee reached an agreement Wednesday that would allow Guantanamo Bay detainees to be transferred to the US for trial. The compromise would allocate $42.78 billion for the Homeland Security appropriations bill and would stipulate that current detainees may be transferred to the …

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by Ximena Marinero

A US military judge on Wednesday dismissed the military lawyer for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr in accordance with Khadr's request. During Wednesday's brief hearing, Col. Patrick Parrish accepted the resignation of Navy Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler, who will be replaced by former federal prosecutors and civilian lawyers, …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Italian Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down the 2008 law granting immunity from prosecution to the four highest officials of the country, including Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, finding it unconstitutional. The high court ruled 9-6 against the law, basing the decision on principles …

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