Reacting to a new report concluding that federal enforcement of civil rights laws declined sharply during the Bush administration, a Justice Department spokesman has said that "this administration believes in and has vigorously enforced the criminal civil rights laws." The study, released by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, concluded that federal prosecutors filed charges [...]

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In response to last week's assassination of a top Venezuelan prosecutor, President Hugo Chavez has ordered government ministries to urgently devise and implement a plan to combat terrorism. Former police inspector Ivan Simonovis has been detained in the investigation of the assassination of Danilo Anderson, who was prosecuting a case against 400 political figures and [...]

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Lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild have filed a class action suit against New York city officials, saying the officials violated the constitutional rights of protestors by orchestrating massive arrests and detentions during the Republican National Convention. Initially filed on behalf of twenty-three people, [...]

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Congress has approved a program that creates a federal copyright enforcement czar, as part of the omnibus spending bill passed over the weekend. Under the new legislation, the president can appoint a copyright law enforcement officer to coordinate federal agencies responsible for administering intellectual property law and law enforcement efforts to stop international copyright infringement. [...]

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Three UN workers who were kidnapped in Afghanistan while helping to conduct the recent Afghan presidential election were released unharmed Tuesday morning. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the hostage-takers had said they would release the UN workers in exchange for the release of 26 Afghan prisoners, some of whom are believed to be [...]

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Dan Tokaji, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University: "Taking Yogi Berra's words to heart, Ohio voting rights advocates have announced their plan to proceed with a contest of the election. This is in addition to the recount planned by the Green and Libertarian candidates, now reportedly to be joined by the Democratic Party as [...]

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