Legal news from Saturday, June 24, 2006
13:06 EDT

[JURIST] President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official profile; JURIST news archive] of the Philippines [official website] Saturday signed into law a bill [House bill summary] abolishing the death penalty. The law repeals the country's 12-year old death penalty and converts all current death penalty sentences into terms of life imprisonment.The Philippines [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A provision in the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act [text] on its way to the US House of Representatives after being passed 96-0 Thursday by the Senate would restore military aid to countries that refuse to sign bilateral immunity agreements - so-called Article 98 [US Department of State backgrounder] [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy [official website] announced [text] Friday that it has begun a criminal investigation into how information containing Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors was found on a civilian Web site. Although the information has been removed, the Navy did not identify the Web [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Bar Assocation (ABA) [official website] and the US Justice Department [official website] agreed on Friday that the ABA would pay the goverment $185,000 in fees and costs for violating six provisions of a 1996 court order that settled a 1995 government suit against the association [complaint text] [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Governor M. Jodi Rell [official profile] of Connecticut said Friday that a tentative agreement has been made between the city of New London and two homeowners who refused to leave their homes for a private development on their land and ultimately took their case all the way to the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] declined Friday to order the government to turn over information about the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program [JURIST news archive] in its terrorism financing case against Yassin Aref. Aref asked for greater access to the evidence against him in [read more]

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