May 12, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
A US military judge announced tuesday that the trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr will begin on August 10. Army Col. Patrick Parrish also ordered pre-trial hearings on the admissibility of Khadr's alleged confession to resume July 12. Khadr's pre-trial hearings were suspended last... ...[read more]
May 12, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
The US court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday rejected a motion by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to postpone his trial until the US Supreme Court issues its decision on whether the federal honest services fraud statute is constitutional. Blagojevich, who has been charged ...[read more]
May 11, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that Arizona's new immigration law could violate international standards that are binding on the US. The group of six UN experts, which includes UN Special Rapporteur on human rights of migrants Jorge Bustamante, said the Arizona law might encoura... ...[read more]
May 11, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani, despite his lawyers claims that he had been tortured in prison. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) said that even if Ghailani ...[read more]
April 24, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
Two Latino advocacy groups say they plan to challenge the constitutionality of Arizona's new immigration law, alleging it permits racial profiling. SB 1070, signed into law Friday by Governor Jan Brewer, permits police to question the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants. Official... ...[read more]
April 24, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
A New York man pleaded guilty Friday for plotting to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009. Zarein Ahmedzay appeared before US magistrate judge Steven Gold on charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass of destruction (explosive bombs) against persons or property in the US, conspiracy to ...[read more]
April 22, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
A US military panel in Iraq on Thursday acquitted Navy SEAL Julio Huertas of any wrongdoing in connection with the alleged assault of a high-profile Iraqi detainee. A six-person jury found Huertas not guilty on charges of dereliction of duty and impeding an investigation for taking no action while ...[read more]
April 17, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
An Arkansas judge ruled Friday that a state law prohibiting all unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children violates the Arkansas Constitution. Critics claimed that the Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act of 2008, or Initiated Act I, was discriminatory because it prohibited all gay ...[read more]
April 17, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
A federal grand jury on Friday indicted five former Blackwater executives on charges of weapons violations and lying to criminal investigators. The 15-count indictment charges five former executives, including former president Gary Jackson, with giving away certain weapons to the King of Jordan to ...[read more]
April 10, 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni
Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans announced Friday that that his country will temporarily suspend processing all asylum claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Evans, a cabinet minister under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, said that Afghani and Sri Lankan asylum seekers would be denied entry ...[read more]

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