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Legal news from Saturday, June 4, 2005
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Swiss voters are set to determine the future direction of their small country's role in Europe in a referendum Sunday. The Swiss are not voting on the EU Constitution - traditionally-neutral Switzerland is not a member of the Union [EU backgrounder on EU-Swiss relations] - but Swiss citizens will [read more]

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[JURIST] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Wikipedia profile] Saturday issued a decree officially delaying the scheduled July 17 parliamentary elections in the Palestinian Authority [official website] to allow time to settle a disagreement over election law changes. Holding up the vote is a dispute over the method for picking candidates. The [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] In a State Department human trafficking report [text] released Friday the US accused 14 nations [country reports] of failing to adequately stop the flow of slaves traded into prostitution, child sex work, and forced labor. According to the State Department, as many as 800,000 people are purchased and sold [read more]

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[JURIST] After jurors in the trial of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy [JURIST news archive] told Judge Karon Bowdre [JURIST report] Friday that they were unable to reach a verdict, Bowdre told them to continue deliberating, stressing the time and expense invested by the government to try the case. Prosecutor [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] Friday struck down [PDF opinion] a Virginia law prohibiting a controversial late-term partial-birth abortion procedure, finding it unconstitutional because it lacks an exception to protect a woman's health. The 2-1 decision upheld a 2003 ruling finding the [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's morale has dropped due to the the magnitude of the charges against him and the fact that his trial will be before an impartial court, according to Judge Raid Juhi [NYT report] of the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website, English version], speaking in an interview published Saturday [read more]

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[JURIST] The Navajo Nation's Tribal Council voted Friday to override Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr.'s [Navajo Nation profile] veto of a same-sex marriage ban [JURIST report] it approved last month for the UnitedS States' largest Indian reservation. The Dine Marriage Act of 2005 defined marriage as a relationship between a [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors have appealed the 2004 acquittal [JURIST report] of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile] on charges that he bribed judges to block competing industrialist Carlo De Benedetti from buying a state-owned food conglomerate. In 1985, judges stopped the sale and the food group eventually ended up [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former FBI No. 2 W. Mark Felt [Wikipedia profile], also known as "Deep Throat", is not likely to be prosecuted for revealing information to reporters during the Watergate scandal [Washington Post retrospective] according to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, speaking Friday. Felt's identity was revealed earlier this week [JURIST [read more]

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