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Legal news from Sunday, May 13, 2007
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [official profile] traded barbs and accusations with opponents over the weekend after 39 people were killed [JURIST report] Saturday in Karachi in clashes sparked by the arrival of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST news archive], who had traveled there to address a meeting [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] Moscow City Court has rejected a bid by a surviving member of the Russian Romanov imperial dynasty to declare Tsar Nicholas II [Wikipedia profile] exonerated of the Soviet-era criminal charge against him and declare his 1918 murder at the hands of revolutionary Bolsheviks a political killing. A lower court [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website] said Saturday that Karzai would await a Supreme Court [Wikipedia backgrounder] ruling on the legality of parliament dismissing government ministers before relieving Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta [official profile] after Spanta lost a no-confidence vote. A previous effort to oust [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in Farmers Branch, Texas [official website] approved a city ordinance [DOC text] Saturday which requires apartment renters to show proof of US residency and penalizes landlords who rent to illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive]. Landlords who do not comply with the law will face fines up to $500. [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Over 250,000 people gathered in Rome Saturday to protest a bill [JURIST report] currently before parliament which would give legal status to unmarried heterosexual and same-sex couples [JURIST news archive]. The bill was approved by Italy's cabinet in February, but has been harshly criticized by the Italian justice minister [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Outgoing UK Home Secretary John Reid [press release] told a meeting of ministers from major EU states Saturday that European human rights laws needed to be "modernized" to provide better protection from new terrorism threats. Addressing a conference of EU home affairs and interior ministers in Venice, Reid said [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] German Chancellor Angel Merkel [official website] Saturday urged European Union [official website] members to work together to advance a European constitution [JURIST news archive], largely stalled since referendum setbacks in France and the Netherlands in 2005. Merkel, whose country currently holds the EU presidency [German presidency website], was speaking [read more]

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