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Legal news from Saturday, August 19, 2006
18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] was stripped of British citizenship just one day after he was secretly made a citizen in July, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Saturday. Hicks' court battle for British citizenship ended in May when the UK Court of Appeals said that [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors have reached a deferred-prosecution agreement with investment banker Frank Quattrone [NNDB profile] that would allow Quattrone to avoid a third trial on obstruction of justice and witness tampering charges [indictment, PDF], according to sources close to the negotiations. Quattrone, one of the dot-com era's most prominent investment [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] could continue to be tried posthumously if he is found guilty and sentenced to death for crimes against humanity charges [JURIST report] stemming from a crackdown in the Iraqi town of Dujail, according to a US official. Hussein's second trial [JURIST report] is scheduled [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] US officials will release Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; chronology, PDF], a Turkish national with ties to Germany, from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] sometime next week, according to reports in the German media Saturday. Kurnaz was born in Germany and was in the process of obtaining German citizenship [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, the US Marines commander in charge of the battalion implicated in the death of 24 civilians in Haditha [JURIST news archive] last November, did not order an immediate investigation into the deaths because he did not suspect any wrongdoing, according to a report in [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) [official website] said Friday that Congress should write into law some of the remedies that US District Judge Gladys Kessler imposed on the tobacco industry [JURIST news archive] after finding that tobacco companies conspired to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Kessler [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Friday denied the latest request by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense profile] to access classified information to prepare his defense on obstruction of justice and perjury charges [JURIST report] in connection to the leak of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity [JURIST [read more]

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