Twenty-three terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay tried to kill or harm themselves as part of a "coordinated effort to disrupt camp operations" in August 2003, US Southern Command officials confirmed Monday. Only two of the incidents were classified as suicide attempts, where the detainee could have died had a guard not intervened. The remaining [...]

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Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, Jan. 25. On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will open its session at 9:45 AM ET, and it is scheduled to consider the nomination of Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State. AP has more on the Rice nomination. C-SPAN [...]

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Illinois v. Caballes, Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Stevens, January 24, 2005 . Excerpt: Accordingly, the use of a well-trained narcotics-detection dog —one that "does not expose noncontraband items that otherwise would remain hidden from public view," Place , 462 U.S., at 707 —during a lawful traffic stop, generally does not implicate legitimate [...]

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Commissioner v. Banks, Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Kennedy, January 24, 2005 . Excerpt: To clarify why the issue here is of any consequence for tax purposes, two preliminary observations are useful. The first concerns the general issue of deductibility. For the tax years in question the legal expenses in these cases could [...]

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US Senate Republicans Monday announced that in the new Congressional session they will consider putting limits on awards in class-action lawsuits before taking on President George W. Bush's top domestic goal of Social Security privatization. In an attempt to limit forum-shopping, a proposed GOP bill would remove to federal court most lawsuits seeking more than [...]

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Tensions escalated in the dispute between Venezuela and Colombia Sunday as a celebration of Venezuelan independence quickly turned into a march of supporters of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez , expressing approval for his response to the December arrest of FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Grande. Grande was captured on Venezuelan territory; it was first thought the [...]

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