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Legal news from Friday, March 19, 2010
by Zach Zagger

Iranian authorites jailed a reform movement leader after an appeals court upheld a one-year-sentence for spreading propaganda against the Islamic republic, according to an opposition website Friday. Hossein Marashi was a leading supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi who opposed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the disputed presidential election last June. …

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by Steve Dotterer

Philippine lawyers and activists protested Friday in front of the Supreme Court in Manila following Wednesday's ruling, which held that the constitution does not prevent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from replacing retiring Chief Justice Reynato Puno prior to the May presidential elections. Among the activists were Philippine lawyers who used …

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by Jonathan Cohen

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced a final rule restricting tobacco sales and promotions directed at youth. The Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents are a set of broad regulations "designed to significantly curb access to and the appeal of …

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by Daniel Makosky

Retired US Marine Corps General John Sheehan testified before the US Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday that he believes the Dutch military's inclusion of openly gay soldiers is partially responsible for the severity of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil war. Sheehan, a former NATO Supreme Allied …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on Friday dismissed allegations of election fraud from a member of the European Parliament. After the March 7 parliamentary elections, head of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq, Struan Stevenson, reported that he had received a "flood" of complaints about …

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by Daniel Makosky

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday unveiled [WP op-ed] their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. The plan entails four principal tenets: improving border security, creating a system through which temporary workers would be admitted, introducing biometric identification cards, and instituting a process to legalize illegal immigrants currently residing within the …

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by Patrice Collins

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday denied a petition by former attorney general John Ashcroft to reconsider its decision that Ashcroft is not entitled to absolute and qualified immunity in an unlawful detention case. By declining to rehear its previous ruling, the court …

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by Megan McKee

US citizen and Chicago resident David Headley pleaded guilty to 12 counts of federal terrorism Thursday, including charges related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and an alleged plot against the Danish creator and publishers of controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The government had accused Headley …

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by Matt Glenn

Gambian prosecutors on Thursday charged 10 men, including top military officials, with conspiring to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh. The prosecution claims the men procured arms and troops in anticipation of a military coup. Eight of the ten men charged have been under arrest since November.Last week, an opposition official complained …

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by Matt Glenn

A Guatemalan criminal court ruled Wednesday that former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo can be extradited to the US to face charges of money laundering. Portillo, who was president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004, has been charged in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York …

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