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Legal news from Saturday, August 25, 2007
22:08 EDT

[JURIST] China's cabinet, the State Council [official website], is considering a regulation to ban non-medical sex-selective abortions in the country, according to a senior official quoted by state media sources Saturday. Wang Yongqing, deputy head of the Office of Legislative Affairs of the State Council, said that the measure was [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Judge Advocates General told a group of Republican senators last month that CIA prisoner interrogation methods authorized under a July executive order [text; JURIST report] issued by President Bush could contravene the Geneva Conventions, according to the Boston Globe. The military lawyers were talking to John Warner, Lindsay [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the central Asian republic of Georgia [official backgrounder], formerly part of the old Soviet Union, has sentenced 12 opposition activists to prison terms of up to eight-and-a-half years for participating in an alleged coup plot to overthrow the government of President Mikheil Saakashvili [official website]. Lawyers [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Alabama Attorney General's office [official report] said Friday that Attorney General Troy King would try to prevent the early release [JURIST report] from a Maryland state prison of Arthur Bremer [PBS profile], the man who shot ex-Alabama Governor George Wallace [ADAH profile] in 1972 during his independent presidential [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Liberian Supreme Court ruled Friday that former interim Liberian President Gyude Bryant [BBC profile] can stand trial on embezzlement charges. Bryant was charged [JURIST report] in February with embezzling $1.3 million during his tenure from October 2003 until January 2006. The indictment was based on an audit conducted [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered 42 clergy sex abuse cases against the Catholic Diocese of San Diego [diocesan website] to go to trial Friday, accepting arguments by plaintiffs lawyers that the move could push pressure on the diocese to settle the claims. The trials were suspended in [read more]

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