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Legal news from Saturday, August 19, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks 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 it would not allow further appeals from the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Federal prosecutors have reached a deferred-prosecution agreement with investment banker Frank Quattrone that would allow Quattrone to avoid a third trial on obstruction of justice and witness tampering charges, according to sources close to the negotiations. Quattrone, one of the dot-com era's most prominent investment bankers, is accused of forwarding emails to fellow employees at …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Saddam Hussein could continue to be tried posthumously if he is found guilty and sentenced to death for crimes against humanity charges stemming from a crackdown in the Iraqi town of Dujail, according to a US official. Hussein's second trial is scheduled to begin Monday, but a verdict has not yet been …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US officials will release Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish national with ties to Germany, from Guantanamo Bay 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 when he was arrested in Pakistan in 2001. He has …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, the US Marines commander in charge of the battalion implicated in the death of 24 civilians in Haditha last November, did not order an immediate investigation into the deaths because he did not suspect any wrongdoing, according to a report in Saturday's Washington Post. The Post obtained a copy of the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) said Friday that Congress should write into law some of the remedies that US District Judge Gladys Kessler imposed on the tobacco industry after finding that tobacco companies conspired to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. Kessler ruled Thursday that the tobacco industry is liable for civil …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Friday denied the latest request by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to access classified information to prepare his defense on obstruction of justice and perjury charges in connection to the leak of former CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. Walton has granted Libby's defense team …

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