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Legal news from Saturday, June 18, 2005
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian Judiciary [official website] detained a number of people on suspicion of election violations Saturday, a day after Iran's presidential election and six days before the top two candidates face each other in a runoff vote. President Bush has criticized the Iranian presidential elections as undemocratic [BBC report], [read more]

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[JURIST] The Sudanese leadership in Khartoum signed an accord Saturday with the National Democratic Alliance [official website, in English and Arabic], a group of 13 opposition parties. The agreement, hailed by Sudanese President Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir [Wikipedia profile] as the "backbone of Sudanese unity", offers concessions to northern groups [read more]

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[JURIST] Prisoners released from the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and returned to their home countries should be closely monitored to prevent their torture at the hands of their governments, according to a group of lawyers, activists, and family members speaking Saturday. A statement issued jointly [read more]

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[JURIST] Thirteen refugees being held in immigration detention centers in Australia inflicted wounds upon themselves Saturday, protesting recent reforms in Australia's immigration policies [JURIST report] that stop short of freeing all "unauthorised arrivals" currently imprisoned in refugee camps. The Australian Immigration Department [official website] confirmed that one woman had attempted [read more]

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[JURIST] Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack [official profile] announced Friday that he will sign an order on July 4 to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences. The decision will end a system that had disqualified one out of every four black Iowans from voting [Sentencing Project backgrounder, [read more]

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[JURIST] The Palestinian parliament voted Saturday to pass a new law creating an electoral system which will allow districts to choose 50% of the lawmakers with the other 50% coming from a list of national party candidates. The new law has opened the door to reschedule the July 17 parliamentary [read more]

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[JURIST] CardSystems Solutions, Inc. [corporate website] said Friday that the FBI told them to refrain from releasing any informing regarding a security breach [JURIST report] which potentially exposed over 40 million cardholders to fraud. CardSystems said they first discovered the breach on May 22 [press release] and were surprised by [read more]

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[JURIST] Spc. Sean Baker, an ex-US military policeman, has sued the Pentagon alleging that his constitutional rights were violated during an assault by fellow soldiers [JURIST report] in a January 2003 training session that went awry in Guantanamo Bay. Baker voluntarily dressed in an orange jumpsuit and was told to [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Conference of Catholic Bishops [official website] Friday voted to extend a policy to ban abusive priests from working in the church by a margin of 228-4. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People [policy], originally written in 2002, has prompted the removal of hundreds [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has spoken out [press release] against the United Nations Reform Act of 2005 [PDF text], passed by the US House of Representatives [JURIST report] on Friday, which will cut 50% of US dues to the organization if the UN does not meet certain reform goals. [read more]

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