Legal news from Sunday, January 1, 2006
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[JURIST] Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts [official profile; JURIST news archive] released his first year-end report on the federal judiciary [PDF text] Sunday, one of his duties as the highest judicial officer in the country. After acknowledging the need to ensure the safety of all courtrooms following [read more]

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[JURIST] One day after the Syrian parliament demanded [Reuters report] that former Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam [Wikipedia profile] be tried for treason and corruption, the country's ruling Baath party decided Sunday to expel [statement] Khaddam from the party after he accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] of threatening [read more]

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[JURIST] President Bush on Sunday defended the NSA warrantless surveillance program [JURIST archive], saying the program was "limited" and was not a violation of civil liberties. Answering questions [transcript] about the program during a visit to wounded troops at the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Bush also [read more]

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[JURIST] Many new state laws [NCSL press release] took effect on Sunday, including measures to safeguard against child sex offenders and the misuse of personal information. Michigan strengthened [summary] its sex offender laws, and Illinois banned human trafficking, allowing state law enforcement to prosecute such crimes. Louisiana and Michigan now [read more]

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