Legal news from Friday, November 21, 2008
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Nebraska state senate [official website] voted Friday to amend its controversial 'safe haven' law [LB 157 text, PDF], which allows parents to abandon their children at certain locations without fear of prosecution. Friday's amendments reduce the age at which children can be abandoned from 18 years and under [read more]

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[JURIST] Mexican authorities on Thursday detained former Assistant Attorney General Noe Ramirez, one-time head of Mexico's anti-drug operation in the Assistant Attorney General’s Office Specializing in Organized Crime (SIEDO) [official website], accusing him of receiving monthly payments of $450,000 from the Pacifico drug cartel in exchange for confidential information regarding [read more]

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[JURIST] The Uruguayan Parliament [official site] on Thursday failed to override the presidential veto of a bill that would have decriminalized abortion. In the special meeting of the General Assembly, Uruguayan representatives and senators failed to achieve the requisite three-fifths majority [AFP report] in each house to override a veto [read more]

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[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] may have withheld information from the US Department of Justice and other agencies regarding a plane carrying a US missionary family shot down over Peru in 2001, according to excerpts [text, PDF] released Thursday from a classified report by the CIA Inspector [read more]

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[JURIST] Sweden's parliament [official website] on Thursday approved the European Union (EU) [official website] reform charter known as the Treaty of Lisbon [full text; JURIST news archive] by a wide margin. There were 243 votes for, 39 against, and 67 absent or abstaining votes [BBC report]. The vote made Sweden [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Thursday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a district court decision that individuals cannot sue school districts to seek specific enforcement for provisions listed in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) [official website; JURIST news archive]. The Newark Parents [read more]

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[JURIST] The California Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the residency requirements associated with Proposition 83 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] amount to additional punishment for sex offenders [JURIST news archive]. Proposition 83, or Jessica's Law, prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any [read more]

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[JURIST] President of the Global Justice Center [advocacy website] Janet Benshoof said [press release] Thursday that judges who participated in the trials and convictions of 60 political activists [JURIST report] in Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] last week are co-conspirators of crimes against humanity and should be referred to [read more]

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[JURIST] Private security contractors operating in Iraq [CRS backgrounder] will no longer be able to claim immunity from Iraqi laws under the new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [CFR materials; McClatchy translation] with the Iraqi government, Bush administration officials said in a briefing for security firms Thursday. US and non-Iraqi [read more]

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[JURIST] Russia's State Duma [official website, in Russian] Friday approved [RIA Novosti report] amendments to the Russian Constitution [materials] that would extend presidential terms [Article 81(1) text] from four to six years and terms for Duma members [Article 96(1) text] from four to five years. The measure, which passed 392-57, [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] collapsed Thursday evening during a speech to the Federalist Society [advocacy website]. Mukasey was rushed to George Washington University Hospital [official website], where he remained Friday morning [New York Times report]. Peter Carr, spokesperson for the US Department of [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Manfred Nowak [official website; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that European countries should grant asylum to Guantanamo detainees [AP report] who are eligible for release, but who risk persecution if returned to their home countries. [read more]

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[JURIST] Prosecutors for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] met [press release] Thursday with Rwandan prosecutor general Martin Ngoga [New Times profile] to discuss the possible future transfer of cases from the ICTR to Rwandan courts. In a decision [text, PDF; HRA report] by the court earlier [read more]

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