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Legal news from Friday, May 25, 2007
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] Delegates from 68 countries wrapped up a three-day meeting [HRW press release] in Lima, Peru Friday intended as a follow-up to the February Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions [conference materials; JURIST report], where participants signed a declaration to ban cluster bombs [FAS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] by 2008. Organizers [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment] Friday that there exists no constitutional right to access legal services in Canada. The holding overturned two lower court decisions that had declared British Columbia's seven percent tax on legal fees unconstitutional because it made hiring a lawyer prohibitively [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] A federal prosecutor said Friday that former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby should receive 2 1/2 to 3 years in prison for blocking the investigation into the Valerie Plame CIA leak case [JURIST news archives]. In papers filed with the US District Court for the District of [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Toronto Mayor David Miller [official website] Friday condemned a Wednesday shooting at a Toronto Ontario high school that left a 15-year-old student dead and called for a complete ban on handguns to prevent similar incidents in the future. Despite an increased police presence in the city to combat gang [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer [official profile] Friday vetoed a constitutional amendment that would have changed the country's election procedures to allow the president to be elected by direct vote rather than selected by parliamentarians. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish; Wikipedia backgrounder] pushed [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] Friday rejected a Russian offer to try the suspected murderer of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline; JURIST news archive] in its own courts, calling for Andrei Lugovoy's extradition to the United Kingdom. The Russian government has refused to [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] Friday extended the house arrest of pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi [advocacy website; BBC profile] for another year, rejecting calls for her release by both national and international human rights activists. The move, which [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] said Friday that an independent advisory panel will investigate [press briefing] Internet search engine giant Google [corporate website] to determine whether it complies with EU privacy rules [EU Data Protection website]. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party [official website], which advises the commission [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; JURIST news archive] ordered Ukraine's interior ministry troops to come under his command [press release] Friday as a new crisis over Yushchenko's Thursday dismissal [JURIST report] of the country's top prosecutor escalated, but Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych and Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko [appointment [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility [official website] has expanded its investigation [JURIST report] into whether department aides illegally made hiring decisions based on consideration of applicants' political beliefs, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The move follows Wednesday's testimony [JURIST report] to the House Judiciary [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison [official profile] filed a lawsuit [press release] Thursday to test the constitutionality of a new Kansas law restricting protests at military funerals [JURIST report]. The law, signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius last month, will not take effect until it is upheld as constitutional by [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld [opinion, PDF] the fraud convictions of Adelphia Communications [corporate website] founder John J. Rigas and son Timothy J. Rigas on all but one count Thursday, reversing and acquitting the defendants on one lesser count of bank fraud. The defendants [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) [official website], an independent government council tasked with investigating alleged abuses of human rights in Mexico, issued a report Thursday criticizing the Mexican federal government's response to a May 2006 teachers' strike that escalated into an uprising in the Mexican state of Oaxaca [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate has scheduled debate and a vote on a resolution expressing the Senate's lack of confidence [JURIST report] in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive] for mid-June. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) [official website] said Thursday that 26 Democratic senators join him in co-sponsoring the no-confidence [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Congress passed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 Thursday, raising the federal minimum wage for the first time in almost a decade. The provision was introduced as an amendment to the Iraq War Supplemental Budget [HR 2006 summary], and will raise the current minimum wage from [read more]

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