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Legal news from Sunday, May 8, 2005
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Senator Richard Lugar [official website], chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website], said Sunday that he expects a party-line vote this week to approve the controversial nomination of John Bolton [official profile] as US ambassador to the United Nations [US Mission to the UN official website]. Appearing [read more]

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[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi [official website] headed to Moscow Sunday to attend ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, despite the absence of a peace treaty formally ending World War II hostilities between Japan and the Soviet Union. Japan and Russia remain at [read more]

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[JURIST] Peter W. Rodino Jr. [faculty profile], the former Democratic congressman who lead the House impeachment investigation of President Nixon died Saturday at the age of 95. Rodino was chairman of the House Judiciary Committee when it held impeachment hearings [archived statements and testimony] in 1974 and voted in favor [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Michael Moore has ruled that federal agents who seized Elian Gonzalez [Wikipedia article] during a 2000 raid did not use excessive force by firing tear gas during the raid. In his opinion [PDF text], issued Friday, Moore said that a group of demonstrators and bystanders who [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Yukos [official website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [BBC profile] and his business partner Platon Lebedev may soon face new charges over their handling of the oil company's affairs, according to a report Friday in the Russian newspaper Izvestia. Russian investigators are looking into allegations that Yukos' top executives and [read more]

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[JURIST] The incoming Iraqi minister for human rights designated by Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile] rejected the post Sunday shortly after it and five other late Iraqi cabinet appointments were approved by Iraq's National Assembly. Hashim al-Shible, former Justice Minister in Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's government and [read more]

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