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Legal news from Friday, April 13, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] took federal prosecutors' political activities and connections to the conservative Federalist Society into account in deciding whether to retain or dismiss them, according to documents [PDF files] released Friday by the DOJ to the US House Judiciary Committee. Among the 2394 [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] Poland's parliament Friday rejected constitutional amendments that would have strengthened the country's anti-abortion laws. Poland's current 1993 abortion law [CRR backgrounder] is already one of Europe's strictest, allowing abortions only when the woman's health is threatened by pregnancy, the baby is likely to be handicapped, or the pregnancy is [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Committee on Finance [official website] has approved a bill which would provide the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services [official website] the authority to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare [JURIST news archive] beneficiaries with drug manufacturers, insurers and pharmacies. The Medicare [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Argentine veterans of the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict [UK MOD backgrounder] have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Argentine military tortured and killed its own troops during the brief war with Britain over possession of the South Atlantic islands. The former soldiers say they witnessed 20 [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] commander was suspended Friday after video footage taken in the West Bank Wednesday showed IDF soldiers under his control ordering two Palestinian teens to stand in front of their vehicle to protect it [Ynetnews video and report] from stones being thrown by [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Critics of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; BBC profile] continued protests Friday outside the venue of the latest court hearing on the suspension [JURIST report] of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST news archive], burning an effigy of Musharraf and demanding his resignation. Inside the courtroom, the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A New Jersey federal judge dismissed a class action brought by investors of Merck & Co. [corporate website] Thursday, ruling that the suit was filed after the statute of limitations had run [Merck press release]. The investors had said that Merck had deliberately concealed information from them about the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian government Friday renewed its call for the United Kingdom to extradite Russian business billionaire Boris Berezovsky [MosNews profile], who has been charged with plotting a coup against Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website]. The request for extradition followed Berezovsky's latest call for the forceful overthrow of Putin. [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Computer Associates (CA) [corporate website] CEO Sanjay Kumar [Wikipedia profile] will pay almost $800 million in restitution over his lifetime for his role in the accounting fraud in which CA swapped revenues of $2.2 billion with another company in 1999 and 2000, according to a settlement approved Friday [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] US citizen Christopher Paul pleaded not guilty Friday to charges [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] that he conspired to assist terrorists and to bomb European tourist sites and US military and government facilities overseas. Paul, from Columbus, OH, did not request to be released on bond during his arraignment in [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Eight prison guards from the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) [official website] in Brooklyn, NY pleaded not guilty on Friday at arraignments in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on charges [press release] of using physical violence and excessive force against two inmates [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website] Thursday signed a decree decriminalizing libel and defamation, offenses previously punishable by prison sentences. Henceforward they will be punishable by fine and subject to civil suits. The move has already garnered the approval of media groups [Es Mas report] such as the Inter [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Foreign Ministry Thursday assailed a new human rights report [PDF text] critical of Russia issued last week by the US Department of State [official website], claiming that the United States is using human rights as a pretense to interfere with Russia's domestic affairs in violation of the UN [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Quebec Superior Court [official website] judge Thursday postponed the war crimes trial of Desiré Munyaneza [Trial Watch profile] after he was severely beaten in his cell by another prisoner Wednesday night. The former Rwandan militia commander is charged under the Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Eight suspected members of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) [CDI profile] were sent for trial Thursday by French investigators for their alleged role in the Casablanca terrorist attacks [BBC report] in May 2003. The suspects have been charged with engaging in a terrorist undertaking and could receive up [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius [official profile] signed a law [text, PDF; supplemental note, PDF; press release] that will "prohibit persons from engaging in picketing or a directed protest within 150 yards of any entrance" where a funeral is held or "conducted within one hour prior to, during the funeral, [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The White House issued a policy statement [PDF text] Thursday expressing the administration's strong opposition to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 [S 372 summary] Thursday, and threatening presidential veto of the bill unless the Democratic-controlled Congress alters provisions which would increase congressional oversight of intelligence activities. [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocked the release of Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile; additional materials] on bail Thursday, after federal prosecutors filed an emergency motion appealing US District Judge Kathleen Cardone's ruling that Carriles should be release on bail [JURIST report] due [read more]

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