The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday unanimously dismissed two lawsuits which accused gunmakers of knowingly allowing their weapons to fall into criminal hands. The two Illinois lawsuits, filed by the city of Chicago and victims of gun violence, had accused Smith & Wesson, Beretta USA Corp., Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc., and other gunmakers and suburban [...]

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Myanmar's military government announced Thursday that it will release almost 4000 prisoners who may have been wrongly imprisoned by the recently disbanded National Intelligence Bureau. State radio said Thursday that the prisoners would be released after a conclusion was made "that the National Intelligence Bureau may have used irregular and improper means to put them [...]

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The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously Thursday that governments must consult with the Assembly of First Nations before developing land that aboriginal groups claim to own, but that governments need not receive consent before using land. The Court said that the duty of consultation applied even if title to land has not been proven [...]

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Ellen Podgor, Georgia State University College of Law: "As everyone awaits the post-Blakely decisions of Fanfan and Booker, the DOJ has decided to start its campaign to fight back with legislation, just in case the decision is not to their liking.  In today's Wall Street Journal, in an article titled, "Justice Department Backs Bowman's Sentencing [...]

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In an attempt to resolve division among UN member states, Italy has put forth a compromise proposal for a global treaty on human cloning. The UN General Assembly's Legal Committee (the Sixth Committee) has been debating two proposals, one from Costa Rica that would ban all human cloning, and one from Belgium that would ban [...]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he doesn't intend to change the Russian constitution or take more power for the presidency when reforming Russia's government structure. Putin said proposals in his reform package, which includes replacing elected governors with Kremlin nominees and moving to party-list elections to parliament, "are totally unconnected with any attempt [...]

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