Legal news from Saturday, February 18, 2006
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[JURIST] The NAACP [advocacy website] Saturday urged the US Department of Justice [official website] to block a Louisiana state election plan for New Orleans [JURIST report] that will make it very difficult for displaced black voters to participate in the election. Though the election plan [LA Secretary of State backgrounder] [read more]

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[JURIST] The Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] officially adopted a new constitution [text in French; AP summary] on Saturday when President Joseph Kabila signed into law the charter that voters approved [JURIST report] in a referendum [JURIST report] late last year. The Constitution is designed to bring peace [read more]

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[JURIST] Google, Inc. [corporate website] formally rejected a subpoena [PDF text; JURIST report] from the US Department of Justice [official website] for search data on Friday, arguing [Google response, PDF] that the subpoena violated the privacy of Google customers and its own trade secrets. Google also asserted that the government’s [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie Brinkema Friday added a former member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] to the pool of potential jurors who will decide between the death penalty or life in prison for 9/11 suspect Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive]. Prosecutor Rob Spencer sought to [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN chief administrator of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal [official task force website] said Saturday that the trials of former Khmer Rouge members must begin as soon as possible if they are to happen while the former members of the regime are still alive. Michelle Lee [AP backgrounder] [read more]

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[JURIST] US Army Special Forces Sgt. Layne Morris [Wikipedia profile] and the family of Sgt. Christopher Speer [Wikipedia profile] were awarded $102.6 million in triple damages in a civil default judgment against Egyptian-Canadian Ahmed Said Khadr [Wikipedia profile; CBC family backgrounder] Friday based on a July 27, 2002 attack in [read more]

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[JURIST] US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website] said Friday that he would not allow any further floor debate on the controversial asbestos compensation bill [PDF text; bill summary; JURIST news archive] unless 60 senators pledged their support for the legislation in order to head off a possible [read more]

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[JURIST] The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) [official website] in Haiti [JURIST news archive] acknowledged for the first time Friday that the country's February 7 presidential election [JURIST report; BBC backgrounder] was tainted by fraud, just one day after awarding the presidency [JURIST report] to leading candidate Rene Preval [Wikipedia profile] [read more]

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[JURIST] US Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) [official website], chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee [official website], said in an interview with the New York Times reported Saturday that he wants to bring the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] within the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [read more]

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[JURIST] The Russian Prosecutor General's Office [MosNews backgrounder; official website in Russian] announced Friday that it has begun an investigation of newspaper editor Anna Smirnova whose newspaper Nash Region reprinted controversial caricatures of Muhammad [JURIST news archive] this week as the first Russian media outlet to do so. Russian President [read more]

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[JURIST] In comments after a speech [text] at the Council on Foreign Relations [policy center website] Friday, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld flatly rejected the United Nation's call [JURIST report] for the US to shut down its military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], asserting that the [read more]

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