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Legal news from Sunday, July 23, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

Touring south Beirut Sunday, United Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland said the damage to civilian areas caused by Israeli airstrikes was worse than he had anticipated and reemphasized that attacking civilians was illegal under intrenational norms. "It is horrific. I did not know it was block after block of houses... It …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

US military commanders in Iraq regularly authorized torture and abusive interrogation practices even in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, and military lawyers brought in to brief interrogators erroneously told them that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to their detainees, according to a new Human Rights Watch report released Sunday. The …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Less than half of lawyers hired to work in the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division since 2003 have a background in civil rights, according to resumes obtained by the Boston Globe through a Freedom of Information Act request. In late 2002, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft changed hiring procedures throughout the department, replacing traditional …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Saddam Hussein has been hospitalized and is being fed through a tube after a hunger strike now into its third week rendered his health "unstable," according to the chief prosecutor for the Iraqi court currently trying him for crimes against humanity. Jaafar al-Moussawi said Sunday that the ousted Iraqi leader's condition had not yet stabilized, and …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The Russian Supreme Court Friday ordered the release of former Russian nuclear energy minister Yevgeny Adamov pending trial for allegedly diverting funds equivalent to hundreds of millions of dollars to his personal use and improperly setting up private projects. Adamov, who is said to have suffered heart problems while in detention, faces …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Charges [MNF-Iraq press release] have been dropped against a Pennsylvania National Guardsman accused in the February 15 shooting death of an Iraqi civilian near a US military base at Ramadi [MNF-Iraq report], a city west of Baghdad. Prosecutors recommended that proceedings against Specialist Nathan Lynn be stopped after an Article 32 hearing preliminary to possible court-martial found no …

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