[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website; JURIST news archive] has reportedly decided to compromise on a provision of the government's proposed anti-terror bill [official text] that allows police to detain a suspect for up to 90 days without charge, according to British media sources Sunday. Blair narrowly avoided an amendment [JURIST report] to the draft bill last week that would have added the element of "intent" to the proposed crime of inciting terrorism. Though Blair insists he still believes in the 90-day detention provision, he is said to have conceded that the current political climate requires him to compromise or risk losing the statute altogether. The compromise will likely scale back the detention period to 28 days, twice the fourteen day limit currently allowed. It is also reported that Blair will offer concessions this week on plans to criminalize religious hatred after the House of Lords sent back a controversial Commons bill with significant amendments [JURIST report] at the end of October. The anti-terror bill was proposed [JURIST report] earlier this year in response to the July London bombings [JURIST news archive]. The UK Observer has more.
[JURIST] New Jersey Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg has ordered the state to compile and distribute by Monday a list of all adult deaths of New Jersey [JURIST news archive] residents since 1985 because 13,000 people who have died are still listed on voter registration lists [NJ Division of Elections official website], including nearly 5,000 who reportedly voted last year. Joseph Komosinki, the registrar of vital statistics [official website] since 2003, did not know it was his responsibility to provide counties with an annual list of adult residents who have died so that counties may remove the deceased from voter registration lists. Feinberg has ordered the lists to be distributed to all 21 New Jersey counties and to both major political parties and ordered election workers to check the names of those who cast absentee and provisional ballots against the names of deceased residents. Republican complainants prompted an investgation when they noticed 13,000 deceased people on the voter registration lists. AP has more.
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