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Legal news from Saturday, August 12, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

A former Iraqi Minister of Electricity was named Saturday as one of a number of former and current officials charged with corruption by Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity [US State Dept. backgrounder; CPA press release] or ordered to appear before Iraqi judges for further investigation. Muhsin Shlash, cited but not yet charged, was an Iraqi exile living in Canada …

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by Brett Murphy

US Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing, an Iraq war veteran, turned himself in at Fort Lewis on Friday after absconding from Fort Bragg in June 2005 because he no longer wanted to participate in what he says is a war with "no legal basis to be fought." Clousing's lawyers have said they attempted to contact both Army bases …

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by Brett Murphy

The London Metropolitan Police Service says it has released without charge one of the 24 people arrested earlier this week over an alleged plan to blow up US airplanes leaving from British airports. Police have obtained warrants to keep 22 of the suspects in detention without charge until next Wednesday, and a court hearing will …

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by Brett Murphy

Mexico leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that inconsistencies evident from the partial recount of votes from the July 2 presidential election show enough errors in the tally that the Federal Electoral Tribunal should declare him president-elect. After rejecting his request for a full ballot-by-ballot …

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by Brett Murphy

A federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Public Citizen arguing that a $39 billion deficit-reduction bill passed by Congress was unconstitutional because the House version and Senate version actually signed by the President were slightly different. The inconsistency was the result of an error made by the Senate …

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