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Legal news from Wednesday, April 18, 2007
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted Wednesday against a motion to advance legislation that would permit the Department of Health and Human Services [official website] or another federal government entity to intervene in Medicare [JURIST news archive] drug pricing negotiations between drug makers and private insurance plans on behalf of the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Assn. v. Brentwood Academy [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-427, in which the Court considered whether the TSSAA violated the First Amendment and due process rights of Brentwood [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] More than 100 Afghanistan journalists gathered in front of parliament on Wednesday to protest a Tuesday police raid on Afghanistan's largest TV network and call for the resignation of Afghan Attorney General Abdul Jabar Sabit. Sabit ordered the raid on Tolo [network website] to bring in a Tolo journalist [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani citizen who says he has been detained in a secret facility for 18 months in connection with the CIA's extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive] will challenge his detention in the Pakistani Supreme Court, Amnesty International (AI) said in a press release [text] late Tuesday. Khalid Rashid [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini [official website] announced Tuesday that he will propose strengthening Eurojust [official website], the European Commission's judicial cooperation unit, to facilitate communication between prosecutors in member states where criminal activities cross borders. Frattini also suggested creating a "European prosecutor" position with the power to initiate [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday upheld the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 [PDF text]. In Gonzales v. Carhart [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], the Court held that groups challenging the ban on "partial-birth" abortions [JURIST news archive] "have not [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi National Assembly [official website, in Arabic] will meet next week to consider a draft oil law [JURIST report] regulating the development and distribution of Iraqi oil and giving the national government control over oil revenues, Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said Wednesday. The Iraqi cabinet approved [JURIST [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition leader and former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed [Wikipedia profile] has been exiled from Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] by President Iajuddin Ahmed's emergency government, according to a Bangladeshi Ministry of Home Affairs [official website] statement confirmed to the AFP by military officials on Wednesday. Bangladeshi authorities have [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Protests delayed a Wednesday Ukrainian Constitutional Court hearing to determine the legality of the April 2 decree [text; Yushchenko statement] by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] that ordered parliament dissolved and new elections held. Riot police were called in to control the nearly 4,000 protesters who [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Somali transitional government [official website] dismissed former parliamentary speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden [Wikipedia profile] and 29 other parliamentary members on Tuesday in what is purported to be an attempt to consolidate the government's power over the legislature. Aden had been replaced as speaker in January by someone [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] A gay rights bill [HB 2007 text] that would allow same-sex couples in Oregon to enter into contractual relationships affording them the benefits available to married couples passed in the Oregon House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday. A second piece of legislation [SB 2] protecting individuals against discrimination based [read more]

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