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Law in the major papers ~ Hamdi released, tobacco begins defense, pepper-spray deadlock, Cat Stevens denied US entry, CBS fined, Fannie Mae probe

[JURIST] The New York Times includes articles on the June Supreme Court decision that made possible the release of Yaser E. Hamdi, an American citizen captured in Afghanistan and held incommunicado for over two years as an enemy combatant, lawyers for tobacco companies beginning their defense against government racketeering charges, a California federal judge who declared a mistrial on Wednesday after a jury said it was deadlocked on whether law enforcement officials used excessive force when they daubed pepper spray in the eyes of anti-logging demonstrators, studies published that reveal some felon laws keep black men from voting. The New York Times business section highlights an SEC investigation of Fannie Mae for improper accounting, hundreds of soldiers who unwittingly signed up for high-cost life insurance receiving full cash refunds from the company that sold the policies, the indictment of Sanjay Kumar, the former CEO of Computer Associates International, with securities fraud and obstruction of justice, and CBS being fined $550,000 for the Janet Jackson Superbowl "wardrobe malfunction."

The Washington Post notes that the number of foreigners who became permanent US immigrants dropped sharply in 2003 due to anti-terrorism measures, plea deals lead the government to drop espionage charges Wednesday against a Syrian-born translator at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, and former singer Cat Stevens was denied entry to the US Wednesday because he is listed on several terror-watch lists.

USA Today includes an article on Peru's president urging world leaders to pressure Japan to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to face corruption charges and allegations he authorized death squad massacres a decade ago.

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