February 25, 2009
by Jake Oresick
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday that two former lobbyists may use classified documents in their defense against charges under the 1917 Espionage Act. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, previously with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), are charged ...[read more]
February 25, 2009
by Jake Oresick
The Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that bars Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister and current leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), from holding elected office based on a past criminal conviction for hijacking. Sharif was convict... ...[read more]
February 24, 2009
by Jake Oresick
US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers on Monday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to revisit a January decision in which a three-judge panel ruled that indefinite civil commitment of sexually dangerous offenders was unconstitutional. The DOJ now seeks an en banc rulin... ...[read more]
February 24, 2009
by Jake Oresick
The Swiss Green Party has collected enough signatures to force a referendum on whether the country's service members should be required to keep their government-issued firearms at military compounds. The Green Party has denounced the current practice of permitting the storage of weapons at home... ...[read more]
February 18, 2009
by Jake Oresick
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Wednesday that her cabinet had agreed on a draft bill that would allow the government to forcibly nationalize some ailing financial institutions. The bill apparently targets Hypo Real Estate (HRE), a holding company that, despite receiving over 87 billion ...[read more]
February 18, 2009
by Jake Oresick
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged financier Allen Stanford Tuesday with orchestrating a fraudulent $8 billion investment scheme by selling certificates of deposits on the promise of improbably high interest rates. Stanford, through his investment companies- Stanford ...[read more]
February 17, 2009
by Jake Oresick
A military judge ruled that a US Army sergeant may testify for the prosecution against Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., who is charged in connection with the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, as court-martial proceedings began Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham will be allowed to testify, despite defense ...[read more]
February 12, 2009
by Jake Oresick
Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Vygaudas Usackas said Wednesday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will begin talks with the US about the possibility of accepting prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Lithuanian Defense Minister Rasa Jukneviciene expects to discuss the matter with US Defense ...[read more]
February 11, 2009
by Jake Oresick
The Kenyan Parliament on Tuesday delayed voting on a constitutional amendment that would create a special tribunal for the country, following allegations by MP Gitobu Imanyara that government officials tried to bribe or blackmail MPs into voting for the bill. President Mwai Kibaki recently made an ...[read more]
February 11, 2009
by Jake Oresick
A bill has been introduced into the US House of Representatives that would end the ban on travel by US residents to Cuba. The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, introduced last week by Representative William Delahunt (D-MA), would allow all US citizens and legal residents to visit the island. ...[read more]

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