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Legal news from Wednesday, August 23, 2006
by Natalie Hrubos

The Tashkent City Court in Uzbekistan Wednesday ordered the closure of another US nongovernmental organization (NGO) operating in the country, stating the group's failure to provide accurate information about its activities as one of the chief reasons. Crosslink Development International is the most recent activist group forced to close its offices in Uzbekistan as …

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by Natalie Hrubos

US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday that US Border Patrol officials are now detaining nearly all non-Mexican illegal immigrants caught crossing the US-Mexico border for an average of 21 days before releasing them to their home countries. Fulfilling a promise made by DHS leaders last fall, US officials …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A High Court judge in London on Wednesday granted requests by Scotland Yard to extend the detentions of 9 of 11 uncharged suspects in custody in connection with an alleged airline bombing plot said to have been foiled by police. Eight suspects had their detentions extended to August 30, the first time a British court …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Telecom giant AT&T sued 25 "John Doe" defendants in US federal court on Wednesday, alleging that the defendants had posed as customers to obtain personal customer information for use in domestic and legal disputes. The AT&T complaint alleges that the so-called "data brokers" fraudulently obtained data on about 2,500 customers, and if the lawsuit leads …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Australian detainee David Hicks has been kept in solitary confinement at Guantanamo Bay for about five months and his health is deteriorating, Hicks' US military lawyer Major Michael Mori said Wednesday. Mori insisted that Hicks is among the best-behaved inmates at the US military prison and there was no good reason for him …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Tuesday sent Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a memo detailing the pros and cons of all possible legal methods the government may use to investigate the country's conduct in the Middle East conflict. The memo, which was not released to the press, lists at least five …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The kidnappers of two Fox News journalists who were abducted in Gaza City on August 14 have demanded that the US release "Muslims detained in American prisons" within 72 hours in exchange for the safe release of the journalists. The self-named "Holy Jihad Brigades" faxed their demand to news stations, and sent a video of the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, will be authorized to use force to protect civilians under immediate threat and act in preemptive self defense according to a draft copy of its proposed rules of engagement obtained by wire services. UNIFIL was given an expanded mandate under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, unanimously passed …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may not tax monies that Washington, DC plaintiffs receive to compensate for emotional distress injuries, according to a ruling released Wednesday by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The plaintiff in the case was fired from her previous job, brought suit against her …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Amnesty International on Wednesday accused Israel of deliberately inflicting unnecessary damage on Lebanese civilian infrastructure during the Middle East conflict, acts which Amnesty says rises to the level of war crimes. In its report, Amnesty cited as evidence instances of Israeli airstrip's on remote bridges "of no apparent strategic importance," the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has assigned counsel for Vojislav Seselj, ruling that Seselj may not conduct his own defense in his war crimes trial. According to the ICTY press release:In coming to its decision, the Trial Chamber described numerous instances where Vojislav Seselj behaved in an obstructionist, …

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by Kate Heneroty

Faheem Khalid Lodhi, a 36-year-old Pakistan-born Australian immigrant, on Wednesday was sentenced to 20 years in prison with a minimum of 15 years served for his plan to wage a "holy war" by detonating homemade bombs around Sydney. New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Anthony Whealy said the maximum sentence given to Lodhi should be …

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by Kate Heneroty

Xia Shuqin, a survivor of the 1937-1938 Nanjing Massacre, was awarded $200,000 by a Chinese court Wednesday in a lawsuit against two Japanese historians who claimed she fabricated her recollection of the atrocities. Shuqin claims to have suffered psychological trauma and damage to her reputation after the historians published two books claiming her …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A Russian court has affirmed the right of the city of Moscow to reject an application by organizers of a gay pride parade, ruling that there was a legitimate safety concern in banning the parade, though lawyers for the parade organizers said the ban infringes on gay rights. A separate court upheld the ban in May but …

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by Kate Heneroty

Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, who was reprimanded by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct in May for his support of former US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, defended his actions to an appeals court Tuesday. Hecht was issued an "admonishment", the least severe sanction allowed, following …

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by Kate Heneroty

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said that he will divert additional resources to New Orleans to address the city's high crime rates following the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The additional resources include ten temporary prosecutors to handle gun, drug and immigration cases, nine permanent lawyers to assist in fraud …

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by Kate Heneroty

Testimony from Kurdish survivors of the 1987-1988 Anfal campaign in Iraq continued Wednesday during the trial of Saddam Hussein, where Hussein and six co-defendants face genocide and crimes against humanity charges. Following testimony the day before describing chemical attacks, Adiba Oula Bayez, a Kurdish woman, described the August 16, 1987 …

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by Kate Heneroty

A plan by the US Forest Service to allow commercial logging inside Central California's Giant Sequoia National Monument violates environmental laws, US District Judge Charles R. Breyer held Tuesday. Breyer had previously issued an injunction to stop the logging in response to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups including the Sierra …

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