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Legal news from Tuesday, May 1, 2007
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Tuesday vetoed [White House remarks; recorded video] a bill that would have provided $122 billion to pay for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan [JURIST news archives] but would have also required US troops to start pulling out of Iraq within four months. Bush [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Missouri Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday unanimously upheld [opinion] a 2005 law that allows parents to sue people who help their minor daughters get an abortion without parental consent. Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] had challenged the law on the basis that it infringed the group's First Amendment [LII [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled [PDF opinion] Tuesday that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) [official website] had no First Amendment right to turn over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters. In 1996, McDermott leaked a recorded telephone conversation in which several Republican [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] About 70 lawyers representing some of the top firms in the US Tuesday lobbied various congressional offices to restore the writ of habeas corpus to Guantanamo Bay detainees brought before military tribunals. The lawyers, who also included public defenders and sole practitioners, held over 50 meetings with Washington legislators, [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters rallied in cities across the United States Tuesday for more relaxed immigration [JURIST news archive] laws and facilitated routes to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Marchers took to the streets in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Washington DC, and elsewhere but organizers said the range of activities [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The English Lord Chancellor told a House of Lords committee Tuesday that the scheduled creation of a new Ministry of Justice split off from the traditional Home Office [official website] would go ahead later this month without any parliamentary bill and, if need be, over the objections of senior [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] dismissed a second judge from the Ukrainian Constitutional Court [official website] Tuesday, just one day after dismissing [JURIST report] judge Valeriy Pshenichny for an "oath violation." Deputy Chairwoman and Justice Syuzanna Stanyk was dismissed Tuesday; Yushchenko has previously accused her of [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish Constitutional Court [official website] ruled Tuesday that the first parliamentary vote on the only candidate standing for election to the presidency of Turkey was invalid because a quorum of legislators did not participate in the vote as required by the Turkish constitution [text]. Under Article 102 of [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day [official website] told the Canadian House of Commons for the first time Monday that the government had in fact heard claims from detainees held by authorities in Afghanistan that they had been tortured in Afghan custody, although he could not say whether those [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire law [text] requiring that prescription information identifiable to particular doctors be kept confidential from pharmaceutical sales representatives violates the First Amendment and is unconstitutional. IMS Health and Verispan [corporate websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; IMS case materials] last year [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Efforts to combat widespread corruption in Iraq [JURIST news archive] are being hindered by security problems and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's reinstatement of a provision of the country's Saddam-era criminal procedure code [PDF text] allowing ministers to block corruption investigations of their own departments, according to a new [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] An internal US Department of Justice order disclosed [NJ report] Monday by the National Journal gave two top aides to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wide discretion to fire and hire political appointees within the Department who were not subject to Senate confirmation. The memo, dated March 2006, authorized then-Gonzales [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Bertha Wilson [official profile], the first woman appointed to the Supreme of Canada [official website], died [SCC press release] over the weekend of Alzheimer's disease, it was disclosed Monday. Wilson was 83. She was appointed to the Canadian high court by then-Prime Minister Pierre Eliot Trudeau in 1982 after [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Tennessee's moratorium on executions [executive order, PDF] will expire Wednesday after Gov. Phil Bredesen accepted revised death penalty protocols [PDF text] Monday. Bredesen ordered the moratorium [JURIST report] in February and directed the Tennessee Department of Corrections to conduct a "comprehensive review of the manner in which death sentences [read more]

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