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Legal news from Tuesday, November 7, 2006
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Officials in several US states asked judges to extend polling hours in a number of areas Tuesday after problems with new electronic voting machines caused delays and left some voters unable to cast ballots in nationwide mid-term elections. By mid-afternoon, requests had been made in Denver, Colorado, Muncie, Indiana, [read more]

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[JURIST] Milan prosecutor Armando Spataro [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that his office is once again pressing for the extradition of 26 Americans for their role in the alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] of Egyptian cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile] from Italy. Spataro was previously [read more]

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[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan opposition party members and pro-government supporters announced Tuesday that they had reached a compromise in an effort to reform the country's constitution [constitutional materials, in Kyrgyz]. Members of the country's parliament [People's Assembly website] are expected to vote Wednesday on a new draft charter, which places limits on [read more]

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[JURIST] Iraq's Interior Ministry announced Tuesday that 57 members of its Shiite-led police force have been charged with torturing hundreds of detainees at a prison in eastern Baghdad. This is the first time the Iraqi government has filed charges against members of the police amidst ongoing accusations [JURIST report] of [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers in Jordan held a one-hour strike Tuesday to protest the death sentences [JURIST report; BBC Q/A] imposed over the weekend against Saddam Hussein and two co-defendants in the Dujail crimes against humanity case [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline]. The Jordan Bar Association led the brief work stoppage [read more]

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[JURIST] The Australian Senate [official website] voted Tuesday to lift restrictions on stem cell research and permit the therapeutic cloning of human embryos. By a 34-32 vote, lawmakers approved the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendment Bill 2006 [legislative materials], which also [read more]

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[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Chulanont Surayud [official website; BBC profile] Tuesday proposed a plan to the country's new military-led Council for National Security [official website, in Thai] for lifting martial law [JURIST report] in peaceful areas of the country. He also asked for a report on when martial law could [read more]

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[JURIST] The Palestinian Authority (PA) [JURIST news archive] has failed to treat violence against women as criminal conduct, according to a report [text] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday. The 101-page report entitled "A Question of Security: Violence Against Palestinian Women and Girls" says "little action [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] has dropped charges [summary] previously filed against ABC's "NYPD Blue" and CBS's "The Early Show," holding Monday that the shows were not indecent based on language content. The FCC also renewed charges against "The 2003 Billboard Music Awards" and [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] was back in court Tuesday as the genocide trial against him resumed for the alleged killing of 100,000 Kurds in the late 1980s during the so-called "Anfal" campaign [HRW backgrounder]. Hussein entered the court calmly, two days after being sentenced to death JURIST report] [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Dhiren Barot [BBC profile], a British man who pleaded guilty to planning a series of bombs on US and British targets, was sentenced to life in prison [Met press release] Tuesday. Barot was accused of planning several attacks, including the "Gas Limo Project" [Times report] to blow up three [read more]

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[JURIST] The Iraqi government's DeBaathification Commission [official website] plans to submit a proposal to Iraq's parliament that would allow most members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] to be reinstated to public life, the commission's executive director said Tuesday. The commission was set up with the approval of [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland called Tuesday for a freeze on the use of controversial cluster munitions [FAS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] at the outset of the Third Review Conference [official website; US delegation website] in Geneva on the 1983 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [text; [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka [Wikipedia profile] was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for allegedly attempting to incite a military mutiny in November 2000 after rebel Counter Revolutionary Warfare [Wikipedia backgrounder] soldiers attempted to remove military leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama [Wikipedia profile], leading to a gun battle that [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Nancy Edmunds Monday dismissed [ruling, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint, DOC; JURIST report] brought by US House Democrats challenging the validity of a $39 billion deficit-reduction bill. The plaintiffs argued that the measure was invalid since the Senate and House approved two different versions. The version approved [read more]

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[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Jackson [advocacy website] on Monday pleaded guilty [press release] to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with the April 26 death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. In accordance with his plea [read more]

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