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Legal news from Monday, June 19, 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

Observers say President Bush could issue a pardon for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby following last week’s revelation that Karl Rove, Bush's top political advisor, will not face criminal charges in the three-year investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's name. This leaves Libby the only person …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US Office of Military Commissions has delayed a pretrial hearing for Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen and Guantanamo Bay detainee charged with killing a US Special Forces soldier in Afghanistan, due to security issues that have emerged since the suicides of three Guantanamo prisoners. A spokeswoman …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Egyptian police Monday arrested 31 additional members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, bringing the total number of members arrested to 700, according to officers speaking on condition of anonymity. The members were arrested for allegedly holding meetings in apartments located in Marsa Matrouh, which is approximately 325 miles from Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood is …

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by Holly Manges Jones

An opposition activist who was critical of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during his most recent presidential campaign has been sentenced to three years in jail by a Belarus court. Nikolai Razumov was arrested on March 14 after making comments that Lukashenko is connected to the disappearances of opposition leaders Yuri …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US Army has charged one non-commissioned US military officer and two US soldiers in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees while they were in custody in the northern Salahuddin province of Iraq, according to a statement released by the Multinational Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) Monday. The three soldiers have been charged with several violations of …

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by Jeannie Shawl

South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson confirmed Monday that a law banning most abortions, which was passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year, will appear on the November 2006 ballot as a question for voters. The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, which …

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by Joe Shaulis

Any attempts to pass a British version of the US Megan's Law must balance the public's need for information against the security of child-sex offenders, a spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair said during a press briefing on Monday. Speaking on the customary condition of anonymity, Blair's official spokesman said there is "genuine concern" …

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by Jaime Jansen

New Jersey Attorney General Zulima Farber on Monday filed a court petition on behalf of 16 states seeking to reactivate a lawsuit filed last year against the Environmental Protection Agency. The lawsuit challenged the EPA's "cap-and-trade" policy, scheduled to take effect in 2010, which permits power plants to buy mercury emissions …

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by Joe Shaulis

Russian President Vladimir Putin nominated Justice Minister Yury Chaika on Monday to be the country's new prosecutor-general. Leaders of the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, said they expected Chaika to be confirmed. A vote is scheduled for June 23. The speaker of the lower …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Kurdistan Islamic Group and Kurdistan Islamic Union, both major Sunni political parties in Iraq, announced plans to campaign against a draft regional constitution for Kurdistan that does not draw its "principal source of legislation" from Islam. The two groups want the regional constitution to be in line with the second article of the 2005 national …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Supreme Court on Monday announced it would hear a second case challenging the constitutionality of the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The court granted certiorari in Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood, a Bush administration appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, …

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by Jaime Jansen

The American Civil Liberties Union confirmed Monday that a lawyer working for the New York attorney general's office informally warned the ACLU executive committee not to adopt proposed standards limiting ACLU board members from publicly speaking about their internal policies. The ACLU board met over the weekend to discuss the proposal, but took …

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by Jaime Jansen

Faheem Khalid Lodhi, a Pakistani-born Australian immigrant, was convicted Monday of plotting a terrorist attack in Australia, marking one of the first convictions under new Australian anti-terrorism laws passed in the wake of 9/11. A New South Wales Supreme Court jury found Lodhi not guilty of downloading aerial maps for the purpose …

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by Jaime Jansen

Italian prosecutors investigating the death of intelligence agent Nicola Calipari have requested the indictment of US Army Specialist Mario Lozano. Investigators concluded their probe last week, after news agencies reported in January that prosecutors intended to charge Lozano with murder.Calipari was shot to death in …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court handed down three decisions in argued cases Monday, including a ruling in the consolidated cases of Rapanos v. US and Carabell v. Army Corps of Engineers, where a plurality of the Court decided that the Clean Water Act applies only to bodies of …

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by Jaime Jansen

The trial of three Egyptian journalists and one lawyer accused of slandering a local election commission chief by alleging fraud in Egypt's November parliamentary election and publishing the names of two judges accused of rigging results in a runoff poll began Sunday. If convicted, they face up to two years in prison. The four defendants …

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by Jaime Jansen

The UN Human Rights Council held its inaugural session Monday, convening for its first session as the replacement body for the beleaguered Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Council will begin by passing two "vital documents" that will guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples and another that …

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by Jaime Jansen

The prosecution in the Saddam Hussein trial presented closing arguments Monday, calling for the death penalty for Hussein, his half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bander, and former senior regime member Taha Yassin Ramadan. Chief Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman, who abruptly ended witness testimony for the defense last week …

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by Jaime Jansen

US District Judge Sim Lake has delayed the sentencing of former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling until October 23. Lake agreed on Friday to a motion filed by the defense team to delay the sentencing, which was originally scheduled for September 11. Lake is still considering a motion made by Skilling's …

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by Jaime Jansen

The father of Salah al-Aslami, a Yemeni national who committed suicide with two Saudi Arabian detainees at Guantanamo Bay on June 10, has refused to receive al-Aslami's body until international authorities launch an investigation into the three suicides. Al-Aslami's father and the families of the two Saudis have expressed skepticism at the autopsy reports, …

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