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Legal news from Tuesday, July 22, 2008
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Executives from several Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and broadband internet service providers urged the US House of Representatives [PDF witness list] on Tuesday to pass HR 3914 [draft materials], a bill that would make it harder for companies to avoid Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] anti-competitive practice rules. [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) [official website] announced Monday that it appealed a Federal Court [court website] decision in which the Court found that certain notes, records and correspondence generated by government ministers and their staff are not subject to public access under the Access to [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The China Ministry of Commerce [official website, English version] said Tuesday that Chinese officials disagreed with and could challenge a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel report [materials; conclusions and recommendations, PDF] which states that the country illegally taxes and disfavors imported auto parts. The US, EU, and Canada [WTO [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Monday in Alabama's Montgomery County Circuit Court, challenging an Alabama law that prevents some convicted felons from voting. A 2003 amendment to the state constitution [text] says that felons convicted of "crimes of moral [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Louisiana state prosecutors on Monday petitioned [PDF text] the US Supreme Court to reconsider its June decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana [Duke Law backgrounder; JURIST report], where it found that imposing the death sentence for child rape where the victim was not killed constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Serbian prosecutor said on Tuesday that the government plans to extradite Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to the Hague to face an International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official site] war crimes indictment [text]. Karadzic was originally indicted by the court in 1995, but [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win has called for the newly-established Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of ASEAN member nations. The comments, made during a Monday meeting to organize the new ASEAN human rights committee, indicate that Myanmar [JURIST [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo [official profile] wrote in a letter [text, PDF] Monday that his office would bring legal action within five days against Comcast Cable Communications [corporate website] unless the company agrees to block child pornography websites and strengthen its reporting requirements. Verizon, Time Warner Cable, [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thai and Cambodian officials agreed Monday that neither country will use military force against the other in their dispute over the border area surrounding the Preah Vihear temple [Telegraph backgrounder], over which both countries claim ownership. The meeting was designed to resolve the major border dispute issues, but the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Navy Capt. Keith Allred, the judge presiding over the military commission trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], ruled [text, PDF] Monday that Hamdan is not entitled to the protection against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution [text]. In the same order, Allred [read more]

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