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Legal news from Tuesday, December 12, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

Members of Thailand's National People's Assembly (NPA) will meet next week to select a preliminary list of NPA members who will participate on a committee to draft a new constitution, but a senior Thai military official said Tuesday that only one or two military officers would be included in the latter group. One hundred of the nearly …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Lebanese cabinet Tuesday sent the country's National Assembly a draft plan to establish a UN-supported international tribunal to try suspects accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. The cabinet approved the draft late last month despite resignations by all six of its pro-Syrian members. On Saturday, Lebanese President Emile …

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by James M Yoch Jr

US Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) announced Tuesday that they have sent the FBI a letter signed by thirty-three members of Congress asking it to release information from its probe into the 2001 anthrax attacks, in which letters containing anthrax spores were sent to senators and …

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by James M Yoch Jr

US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will no longer encourage corporations to turn over confidential records to officials investigating corporate fraud. The new McNulty Memorandum revises portions of the 2003 Thompson Memorandum, which included business record turnover as a factor prosecutors …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Canada's Arar Commission, the official judicial inquiry into the circumstances under which Canadian Maher Arar was detained in the US in 2002 and removed to Syria where Arar says he was tortured, recommended Tuesday that a new agency be created to review national security activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Miriam was found guilty of genocide Tuesday at the conclusion of a 12-year in absentia trial. Mengistu and 72 other former officials were charged with genocide, imprisonment, homicide, and illegal confiscation of property for crimes committed during the "Red Terror", where thousands of Mengistu's political opponents were executed. Ethiopia's …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit late Monday postponed the date former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling must report to prison so that the court can consider Skilling's request that he be released on bail while his appeal is considered. Skilling was due to report to the Federal Correctional Institute …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The UK Court of Appeal on Tuesday rejected an attempt to force the government to hold a public inquiry into the UK's decision to go to war in Iraq. Two mothers of soldiers appealed a lower court decision that they could not challenge the government's refusal to hold a public inquiry. The …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The European Court of First Instance on Tuesday annulled a decision by the Council of the European Union to freeze the assets of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) after EU member states put the group on their terrorist watch lists. The group, which is an arm …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The government of the Australian Capital Territory on Tuesday introduced revised legislation that would grant legal recognition to same-sex partnerships but would stop short of authorizing same-sex marriage. ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell introduced the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 in the district's legislature, saying that the bill was …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Saddam Hussein will be immediately executed and possibly buried in secret if his death sentence is approved by the court currently considering his appeal, according to an Iraqi government official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity Tuesday. Hussein and two of his co-defendants, Awad Hamed al-Bandar and Barzan al-Tikriti, were all convicted and …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US District Judge Lawrence Karlton said Monday that the state of California has six months to remedy overcrowding in the state's prison system, which is 70 percent overcapacity with 173,000 total inmates, before he will decide whether to establish a three-member judicial panel to make recommendations to fix the problem. Karlton said he was giving the state …

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