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Legal news from Saturday, October 30, 2004
17:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins is scheduled to face court-martial Monday on one charge of desertion, two counts of soliciting other service members to desert, one of aiding the enemy and two of encouraging disloyalty. Rumors of a plea bargain have been circulating, with the terms being proposed [read more]

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[JURIST] Rocco Buttiglione (BBC profile here), European Commission President-designate Jose Manuel Barroso's controversial nominee as Commissioner for Justice, Freedom, and Security in the new European Commission, announced his withdrawal from consideration Saturday. The EU Parliament has the right to reject proposed candidates, but only by rejecting the list as a [read more]

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[JURIST] The Duma (official site in Russian), Russia's lower house of parliament, has passed first reading of legislation allowing the Russian Federation President to appoint regional governors subject to the approval of the region's legislative assembly. The governors were formerly chosen by direct election, so the new arrangement constitutes a [read more]

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[JURIST] The IRS Friday notified the NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights group, that an investigation will be launched into comments made by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond at the July national convention in Philadelphia. Bond criticized policies of the Bush administration and the IRS is investigating whether these [read more]

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[JURIST] The upper house of the German Parliament, the Bundesrat, passed legislation Friday that greatly expands the rights of same-sex couples. The bill will create the equivalent of spousal privilege between same-sex partners, allows for the adoption of a partner's child (although general adoption is still prohibited), creates a financial [read more]

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[JURIST] A federal judge in Minnesota on Friday overturned certain voter registration restrictions including one that opponents say could keep American Indians from the polls. The ruling declared that tribal identification cards were an adequate form of identification for voter registration in non-reservation venues where previously they have only been [read more]

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