August 30, 2005
by Liza Hall
Impeachment proceedings in the Philippines House of Representatives tottered on the verge of collapse Tuesday when lawmakers stormed out of a committee hearing, claiming supporters of President Gloria Arroyo were trying to railroad them into a decision that could doom the case against her. Under ...[read more]
August 30, 2005
by Liza Hall
In a move officials described as a first among western democracies, the British government Tuesday unveiled plans to outlaw the possession of extreme pornographic material, described as graphic, sexually explicit material that contains actual scenes or realistic depictions of serio... ...[read more]
April 25, 2005
by Liza Hall
The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Oregon v. Guzek (docket 04-928), a death sentence case involving a convicted murderer's efforts to bring evidence into his sentencing hearing that would cast doubt on the conviction. A ruling here could clarify the Supreme Court's 1988 decision in F... ...[read more]
April 18, 2005
by Liza Hall
The US Supreme Court Monday agreed to consider whether a Brazil-based church can continue using a traditional Native American tea brewed from a hallucinogenic herb, hoasca, as a religious sacrament. The case is Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao Do Vegetal, docket 04-1084. The 10th ...[read more]
April 11, 2005
by Liza Hall
Microsoft has agreed, after mediation, to pay computer manufacturer Gateway $150 million over four years to settle claims arising from the software giant's mid-1990s antitrust case, in which Gateway was specifically identified as having been harmed by Microsoft's practices. The companies ann... ...[read more]
April 11, 2005
by Liza Hall
In a strong move for a government-funded body, the first annual report of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Human Rights has confirmed the widespread belief that the country's security forces are involved in torture. The Council noted that it is normal investigative practice for security forces t... ...[read more]
April 4, 2005
by Liza Hall
The US Supreme Court Monday unanimously ruled in Rousey v. Jacoway that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) can be exempted from a bankruptcy estate, allowing bankruptcy filers to retain their IRAs rather than forcing them to divide the assets among their creditors. The Rouseys claimed an ...[read more]
March 28, 2005
by Liza Hall
The Supreme Court today declined to hear Troy Publishing v. Norton (docket 04-979), letting stand a ruling that appears to limit Constitutional protection of the press. Without comment, the Court denied the appeal of a 2004 ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court holding that neither the state ...[read more]
March 21, 2005
by Liza Hall
Senior anti-terrorism experts in the Australian police are lobbying for the establishment of a court that would deal exclusively with terrorist trials and include such elements of a French-style civil law system as judicial interrogation in order to handle terrorism cases more effectively. ...[read more]
February 28, 2005
by Liza Hall
The Iraqi Special Tribunal has finished preliminary investigations into some of the crimes allegedly committed by Saddam Husseinís top aides and announced Monday that the first group of five will be sent to trial. The five include Hussein's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Hassan al-Tikriti... ...[read more]

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