Legal news from Saturday, March 10, 2007
12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of Italians rallied in Rome on Saturday in support of a bill [JURIST report] that would give legal status to unmarried gay and heterosexual couples couples. The proposal, which has been harshly criticized by the Italian justice minister and the top Italian bishop [JURIST reports], would give unmarried [read more]

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[JURIST] Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website; BBC profile] proposed changes to the country's constitution [text] Friday in an effort to reform its criminal justice system [press release]. Earlier this month, Amnesty International [advocacy website] accused Mexico [JURIST news archive] in a report [text] of having a "gravely flawed" criminal [read more]

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[JURIST] Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers boycotted courts Saturday to protest Friday's suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [JURIST report] for unspecified misconduct. An estimated 200 lawyers burned images of President Pervez Musharraf [official website; BBC profile] in Karachi. Amir Rana, a nephew of Chaudhry, told AP that the chief [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Richard G. Stearns ordered US immigration officials on Friday to provide detainees from a New Bedford, Massachusetts sweatshop access to lawyers and not to move them out of state. Stearns also told the state Department of Social Services and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency [read more]

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[JURIST] Ecuador's Constitutional Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] has warned President Rafael Correa [official website, Spanish; BBC profile] that he would be acting illegally if he ignores a potential unfavorable ruling by the Tribunal on a controversial exercise of authority by the country's seven-member Supreme Electoral Tribunal [official website], which [read more]

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[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday lifted a ban on YouTube [corporate website] two days after the court banned the popular video-sharing website [JURIST report]. The court had ordered telecom providers in the country to block access because of videos allegedly insulting the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk [read more]

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[JURIST] The Wolesi Jirga [Wikipedia backgrounder], the lower house of the Afghan parliament [IRIN backgrounder], voted Saturday to approve a revised resolution calling for an amnesty for groups that allegedly committed war crimes [JURIST news archive]. The resolution, revised by President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], bars the [read more]

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[JURIST] Top US Justice Department officials moved quickly Friday to acknowledge fault and apologize for illegal activities after a sharply critical DOJ inspector general's report [PDF] on Patriot Act investigative practices revealed that the FBI [official website] broke and misused laws [JURIST report] in the process of obtaining personal information [read more]

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