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Legal news from Wednesday, November 11, 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

The UK Home Office on Wednesday unveiled its plans for the retention of DNA profiles in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The new proposals limit the amount of time DNA and fingerprint records of innocent people can be retained on the national database. Under the proposed measures, the profiles of …

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by Hillary Stemple

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit Tuesday on behalf of US citizen Amir Meshal, alleging that FBI agents were involved in his interrogation and rendition in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia in 2007. The suit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that agents repeatedly …

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by David Manes

Lawyers for four Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay filed a petition for certiorari with the US Supreme Court Tuesday, raising issues with the government policy for transferring detainees to other locations. The case, known as Kiyemba II, is an appeal from an April ruling by the …

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by Dwyer Arce

Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri vetoed legislation on Tuesday that would have allowed domestic partners, including those in same-sex relationships, to claim the body of their partner and to make funeral arrangements. Neither domestic partnerships or civil unions are recognized in Rhode Island, and the bill would have required that a same-sex partner produce documentation …

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by Ann Riley

Minority groups in northern Iraq have been the target of attacks by Sunni Arab extremist groups and harassment by Kurdish forces because of ongoing disputes with the country's central government, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Tuesday. HRW alleges that Yazidids, Shabaks, and Assyrian Christians are caught between the Arab …

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by Steve Dotterer

A jury US District Court for the Eastern District of New York found former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin not guilty of federal securities-related charges Tuesday. While Cioffi alone was charged with insider trading, both men were charged with three counts of securities fraud and …

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by Amelia Mathias

The Cambodian government on Tuesday refused Thailand's request to extradite former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, escalating a political row that threatens to destabilize the efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Shinawatra arrived in Cambodia earlier this week and was appointed an economic advisor to Cambodian Prime …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ruled Tuesday that license plates produced by the state bearing a picture of a cross in front of a stained glass window and the words "I Believe" violate the US Constitution. Judge Cameron Currie ruled that the "I Believe Act" [SC Code …

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by Matt Glenn

A French court on Tuesday ordered the country's government to extend adoption rights to a gay woman. The court held that French adoption law, which currently allows single people to adopt children but bars same-sex partners from doing so, illegally discriminates against homosexuals. In 1998, a woman identified only …

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by Jonathan Cohen

US Senate Banking Committee chair Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced Tuesday wide-ranging financial regulatory legislation designed to limit systemic risk to the country's economy. If passed, the bill would introduce a single federal bank regulator, create a consumer financial protection agency, and attempt to close certain regulatory loopholes. Dodd announced [press …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Convicted DC-area sniper John Allen Muhammad was executed by lethal injection Tuesday night after Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine rejected Muhammad's request for clemency and refused to suspend the execution. The US Supreme Court on Monday had denied Muhammad's application for a stay of execution and his petition …

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